Harriet Tubman

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Harriet Tubman
Summary of Harriet Tubman:
“Some linked her to Joan of Arc for her charisma and simple faith. She had a dream and visions, and extraordinary things happened to her. She led a charmed life through incredible dangers” (http://www.harriettubman.com/callhermoses.html). Harriet Ross Tubman was born in the Bucktown district of Dorchester County, Maryland. As an illiterate slave she escaped to freedom in 1849. “For the next 11 years she returned to the South 19 times to lead more than 300 slaves north across the Mason-Dixon Line and sometimes into Canada” (http://www.harriettubman.com/callhermoses.html). Tubman became such a successful leader in the Underground Railroad she earned the nickname “the Moses of her People”. She will forever be a lasting symbol of American anti-slavery movement for her work with the Underground Railroad, Civil war service and her advocacy of woman suffrage.

When Harriet Tubman was a child she enjoyed nature. She credited her father to her love of nature. “My father, Ben, was amazing. He was well known for being able to predict the weather. He would show me things about nature. He knew all about the rivers, creeks and swamps. He taught me about the berries in the woods, the cries and songs of birds, and the sound of their wings when they made sudden flight. I really loved the freedom that the animals had. And I also learned about using the North Star as a guide while walking at night” (http://www.duboislc.net/read/Tubman/TubmanP06.html). While there is no information as to whether or not Tubman was into conservation or preservation, it is believed that she did have a fondness of the nature and the wild animals. When Tubman was sick her family and many other slaves would use natural roots and herbs from the forest to create a cure for their illnesses. “It seemed that whenever we were sick in the slave quarters that we could be nursed back to health. They seemed to have special knowledge of roots and herbs in the forest that had the power to cure” (http://www.duboislc.net/read/Tubman/TubmanP09.html). Tubman admired the freedom of the animals especially the birds. “Although life was unusually hard working in the fields, I felt much freer and more peaceful there. I would often pause and watch the birds flying and I could enjoy the fresh smells from the nearby woods. That sense of freedom and peace I felt working outside would cause me to even hum and sing while I worked. http://www.duboislc.net/read/Tubman/TubmanP13.html

Tubman’s faith was an important resource to her success. “Harriet Tubman was a member and worshiped at the Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church of Zion in Auburn, New York” (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=harriet+tubman% 27s+religion&aq=f&oq=&aqi). Throughout her journeys from the North to the South, Tubman’s faith assisted her in every step of the way. After Tubman’s childhood incident, she continued to rely on God. “She spoke of ‘consulting with God’, and trusted that he would keep her safe. Thomas Garrett once said of her: "I never met with any person of any color who had more confidence in the voice of God, as spoken direct to her soul." Her faith in the divine also provided immediate assistance. She used spirituals as coded messages, warning fellow travelers of danger or to signal a clear path” (http://www.answers.com/topic/har riet-tubman).

When it came to the universe, Tubman didn’t think of the whole world and everyone that is involved. She did have some concept of the stars because as a child her parents told her about the North Star. However Tubman didn’t challenge science; the reason being for this is that she was illiterate. Tubman’s focus was on freeing as many slaves as possible. Tubman, unlike her husband saw it as her duty to help those who were still enslaved. Tubman said, “Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience,...