The Little-Known Truth About Harriet Tubman Revealed

The Little-Known Truth About Harriet Tubman Revealed


Harriet Tubman’s place in history is inarguable. Born Araminta Ross, the Union spy and women’s
suffragist put her own freedom at risk to help more than 70 people escape slavery on
the Underground Railroad. So how did she do it? Inspired by her mother Born to Harriet “Rit” Green and Ben Ross sometime
near 1820 on a Maryland plantation owned by the Brodess family, Tubman was one of nine
children, and in the course of her childhood, three of her sisters were sold off to faraway
plantations. When slaveholder Edward Brodess informed Tubman’s
mother that her youngest child, Moses, was soon to be sold away, Rit refused to cooperate. She fought Brodess off so bravely that he
eventually had no choice but to give in and allow mother and son to remain together. Tubman witnessed her mother’s courageous battle
and was inspired by it. In 1849, Harriet decided to escape to Philadelphia. Her brothers joined her on the perilous journey,
but they lost their nerve when they saw a newspaper ad offering $300 for their recovery. Tubman accompanied her brothers safely back
to Maryland, but having tasted freedom, she wanted nothing less. She followed the North Star and the Underground
Railroad to Pennsylvania on her own. A blow to the head As a young girl, Tubman suffered a head injury
that affected her health for the rest of her life. She received the injury when an enraged slave
owner threw a two-pound weight at the head of another slave who’d attempted an escape. Tubman was struck instead and soon began experiencing
bouts of dizziness and pain. She was also prone to seizures and excessive
sleepiness. The latter condition, also called “hypersomnia,”
prompted some people to mistakenly label her lazy. In fact, it was almost certainly a result
of that fateful head injury. It’s more difficult to say if Tubman’s vivid
dreams or her strange visions, which included regular visions of God, were likewise a result
of the same injury. Either way, Tubman credited her deep Christian
faith with giving her the courage she needed to continually put herself in harm’s way. She was also known to approach her friends
for much-needed funds for her trips south, claiming that God sent her. She was rarely refused. “Lord’s not letting me alone. Keeps pestering me near to death with…dreams.” Because she was completely confident that
God was on her side and that death would only bring her eternal life, she feared no one
and nothing. For Tubman, a slave owner with a gun and a
pack of dogs was no match for the divine power of her heavenly Father. John Brown’s buddy Tubman was well-respected and revered by the
abolitionist community, whose members considered her not just an ally but a leader and an inspiration. John Brown, who became famous for his revolutionary
raid at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, even went so far as to call her “General Tubman.” The raid, which took place on October 16th,
1859, was intended to spark an armed rebellion against slavery, with Brown’s forces seizing
control of the federal armory in the town before being defeated by Marines. Even though the raid itself didn’t go as planned,
Brown did by many measures succeed. His willingness to take up arms in defense
of human rights, as well as his martyr’s death by hanging, drew attention to the abolitionist
cause, accelerating the country’s course toward Civil War. Tubman helped organize the raid and was even
invited to participate, though she was unable to attend due to illness . Regardless, Tubman
was quick to champion Brown, whom she described as the greatest white man who’d ever lived. The Combahee River Raid On her own, Tubman freed at least 70 slaves. But with the help of Union soldiers, she once
freed more than 700 in one day. In June 1863, Tubman, along with free blacks
of the 2nd South Carolina Volunteers and the 3rd Rhode Island Heavy Artillery, boarded
three Naval gunboats in the dark of night. Under the leadership of Colonel James Montgomery,
they headed up South Carolina’s Combahee River with the intention of disabling Confederate
river mines, as well as destroying key supply centers in the area. Thanks to Tubman, the operation’s main scout,
the raid went off without a hitch. Perhaps most damaging to the Confederate side
was the sight of 756 slaves abandoning their posts in the middle of the raid and joining
Tubman, Montgomery, and the two regiments on their ships. The men and women fled in such great numbers
that their white owners could do nothing but stand by helplessly and watch them go. Fighting for her family While she was still a slave, Harriet married
a free man named John Tubman. Not much is known about him beyond the fact
that he seemed to view Tubman’s longing for freedom as unrealistic and naive, reportedly
even helping slave catchers try to find her and bring her back to servitude. In 1849, five years after their wedding, he
refused to join Harriet when she finally left enslaved Maryland for free Pennsylvania. Many of the trips Tubman took back to the
pro-slavery South were for her family, and by the time slavery was outlawed, she’d succeeded
in bringing almost all to safety, including her mother and father. Tubman returned at least once to attempt to
convince John to join her in Philadelphia, but by that time, he’d remarried and was even
less interested in her efforts than before. That didn’t stop Tubman from fashioning a
family of her own. In 1869, 20 years after she became free, Tubman
married a Civil War veteran named Nelson Davis, and together they adopted a daughter, Gertie,
in 1874. Harriet in charge Tubman took a little under 20 trips south
to help fugitive slaves escape to freedom, and every excursion was a resounding success. No one was injured, and no one was lost. As Tubman said at a 1896 suffrage convention, “I was conductor of the Underground Railroad
for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can’t say, I never ran my train off the track,
and I never lost a passenger.” Tubman was not only fearless but cunning. She made sure to always began her trips in
the winter, when most people would be shut up indoors. She was also careful to arrive at plantations
on a Saturday night. Given that slaves often had Sundays off, this
all but guaranteed their masters wouldn’t notice their absence until Monday morning. Missing and fugitive slave notices wouldn’t
appear in newspapers until Tubman and her fellow travelers were well on their way. “It was a Saturday night. Ain’t nobody be watching you on his day, you
could get a good head start.” Other methods Tubman used to increase the
chance of a trip’s success included taking the master’s horse, thereby limiting his ability
to come after them, sedating babies so they wouldn’t cry, and remaining armed at all times. This wasn’t just for self-defense; it was
also so that, in the event a fugitive grew unsure about the journey, she had the power
to convince them to stay the course. “And if we go through, we’ll die!” “If you go back, you’re dead already!” Connecting to Canada In 1850, Congress passed the Fugitive Slave
Law, stipulating that slaves caught in the North had to be returned to the South where
they would again be enslaved. Tubman had been accustomed to ending her journeys
in Philadelphia. After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law,
though, stopping in New England was no longer a viable option, and she took it upon herself
to reroute the railroad all the way into Canada, where slavery was outlawed and the legislation
couldn’t reach. She settled on the town of St. Catharines,
Ontario, as her final destination because it was an abolitionist stronghold. She and her family soon made a peaceful life
for themselves there until the breakout of the Civil War effectively put an end to the
Fugitive Slave Law. Tubman left Canada to become a spy and for
the Union side. Thereafter, Tubman and her family lived in
Auburn, New York, where she cared for her elderly parents until their deaths. What retirement plan? You might think that Tubman would spend her
twilight years with her feet up, contemplating her legacy. Not so with Harriet Tubman, who at the end
of her life added elder care to her long list of passions and causes. At age 74, Tubman, who’d gone from being a
conductor on the Underground Railroad to a caretaker of her elderly parents, purchased
a 25-acre tract of land in Auburn, New York, in order to build what would become the Harriet
Tubman Home for Aged. She bought the land in 1896, and with the
help of the African Episcopal Methodist Zion Church, she saw it begin housing and treating
patients in 1908. Five years later, Tubman died there herself
in a room named after John Brown. Her biblical nickname Thanks to her efforts to free her people from
slavery, Tubman earned herself a nickname: “Moses”. Like the biblical figure, Tubman’s life’s
work was bringing men, women, and children to freedom. And the nickname did double-duty. It not only honored her courage and selflessness
in the face of danger, it also helped shroud her identity while she guided slaves through
the Underground Railroad. Slave catchers might get word that a person
named Moses was hard at work, helping fugitive slaves escape, but they might not put two
and two together to realize that Moses was indeed Harriet Tubman. Song played a large part in her work. Slaves signaled to each other that Tubman
was on her way by singing old time spirituals like “Steal Away,” “Go Down, Moses,” and “I
Looked Over Jordan.” The hymns spread like a fire from field to
field, plantation to plantation, alerting people to the fact that it was time to prepare
for the journey. And many historians believe that it was Tubman
who inspired the classic hymn, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” For this and other reasons, the Biblical comparisons
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58 thoughts on “The Little-Known Truth About Harriet Tubman Revealed”

  • Harriet Tubman is one of the greatest humans to have ever lived on this planet. Think about it, out of all the world, only a handful are chosen to shape history.

    Harriet is now intrinsically woven into the fabric of time. She truly earned her place in history by her actions.

  • She did not let Christianity get in her way. To bad so many excuse Slavery and worship God.Then again the Bible told you how to beat your slaves.

  • snappytoetapper6 says:

    I spoke at the Seward house for the last living member of the Seward family ten years ago at least, if not more. While my wife and I were there we went to the Tubman house, and her grave. I also met her last living relative . I have a photo of her and I together I have to find on my computer. She looked remarkably similar to Harriet. It's impossible to put into words the level of courage Harriet showed time and time again. We're leaving in a few minutes to go see the film…..

  • Deborah Fairbanks says:

    I wrote an essay about Harriet Tubman when I was about 12 years old back in the 60's. I am so inspired by her courage! Though I'll never be 1/100th of the person she was, she never compromised righteousness, I try to live like her, may my efforts prove fruitful. I just saw the new film, "Harriet" out in theaters now. Very moving.
    I plan to read a biography about her life now that I am retired. I am grateful for this time in my life to reflect on such a wonderful woman.

  • Guess who the slave owners were… Democrats. It looks like some things never change, and people are dumb enough to vote for them.

  • Linda Loves Trump says:

    obama, waters, green, Jackson, Sharpton, and every stupid liberal Democrats should take a lesson. Every one of them stokes racism

  • Wow! Fuck### Amazing. I Love Her! Knew Nothing About Her. Thank you for Educating me. I hate colour racism and moved to a city up north to live in a mixed coloured city because I wanted to experience the fact we are all just people. I hate people by the way but since Iโ€™m stuck being one, the experience was worth it.

  • God bless her her,these people were evil doers of Satan shame the people that do this to another human being just pisses me right the fuck off

  • This movie was a disgrace to Harriet Tubman legacy she was not a weak and scary woman. The made a fictional black bounty hunter to demonize the black man and then the classical white savior so whites can feel comfortable watching this movie at the end of the day.

  • Some of the comments here are proof that people need to read more. Did you know you can even read books on your devices? Just sayin'….
    I like this video, btw…this is not a critique of the video nor of the movie. But if people are going to dig their heels into a train of thought and reinforce it from YT videos, memes, blogposts, and social media posts, we are going to become a stupid, stupid, STOOPID world.
    Please, people, read a book…one without pictures.

  • Iโ€™m from St. Catharines. As a student in school, we visited her church many times. I am so proud of her, her efforts, and her legacy.

  • Harriet Tubman, was the bast ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ™ ๐ŸŒน ๐ŸŒน ๐ŸŒน โค โค โค โค ๐Ÿ™

  • Zera Today Dr. Lorenzo Neal says:

    Not sure if itโ€™s been corrected but itโ€™s the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church (AMEZ) not the Episcopal African Methodist Zion Church

  • Now you see that all you feminazis and narrow minded so called sjwโ€™s? That there is a real woman fighting real problems. And not from the comfort of twitter while sipping on a 7 dollar latte either. Take notes. Seriously

  • 3 things you failed to mention:
    1 After the civil war, Ms. Tubman was never recognized by the US Government for the undeniable courage in helping to put down slavery.
    2 Not long after Ms. Tubman purchased the home in Albany County, NY that she was destitute. She was doing odd jobs and growing fruits and vegetables for herself and whomever was living with her.
    3 It wasn't until a female writer asked if she could do Ms. Tubman's biography and afterwards speaking tours both in this country, and abroad did she again receive the support and finance to persevere with her work.
    If you want to tell bits and pieces of a heros life, give the whole truth, not just what you think is important. Because it's all important. Stay blessed ๐Ÿป๐Ÿป๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•

  • Simply_QUITAโœ says:

    God i LOVE MY people!!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ
    Apparently others do too cause they love stealing from OUR culture from our music both back in the day & now , hair style, dress ,language , lips, hips & booty. The 1st cowboys were black & there was a few of us here already living among native Americans(fun facts)….. If we could just be treated as if we also helped make the usa my people would be in a better place. Unlike the Spanish & others we were inports they coming here willingly but some how get treated better & can get jobs w/o knowing English.
    You would think after the 400yrs whites forced us to do , all the years after , the music token, lives taken away, the rapes, beaten down / up , & all that other stuff PLUS the crap we STILL have to deal with the whites would treat us as equal alone with native Americans who they also had issues with for some reason when they was here 1st!! Damn if u think about it whites has had a issue with everyone๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿพ
    Native Americans
    African Americans
    White Americans
    Should be cool we are the Americans who made this place, a place every one else want to come too. Lets stop letting people in until WE get our s#it together 1st then they can come.
    ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธโœŠ๐ŸพโœŠ๐ŸฝโœŠ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™๐Ÿพ

    Lets see how many sensitive a** people gon take offense to this, LMblackAO…. Soft a** generation๐Ÿ’๐Ÿพ๐Ÿ’ฏ

  • And after her brave and noble undertakings every man of color has lived a life of honor and virtue in her honor.

    A good and trusted man for sure…

  • In 2019, Harriet is STILL BEING OPPRESSED by the pressyDunce of Amurikkka, who is actively keeping her glorious image from the 20 dollar bill!!! #WhiteDevils

  • The Harriet film was a huge disappointment and a let down full of fiction and awkward character story arcs….they shouldn't have advertised it as a BIOPIC.

  • Kenneth Desmond Mosley says:

    Interesting you but the northern states in blue and those of the south in red. Given what those colors mean today, youโ€™re Furthering the malicious and erroneous idea that it was republicans that were slave owners when indeed it was democrats who were plantation owners. It would be more historically appropriate to use the colors blue and grey.

  • America's Greatest hero!! The 1964 b/wmovie is far better than the 2019 version!!! Find that and waych it instead!! Great video!!!

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