Harriet Tubman is one of the greatest freedom fighters to exist. Enslaved and enraged, Tubman committed to not only freeing herself, but she created a system that would revolutionize slavery and the people who benefited from it most.
Tubman wore many hats in the name of freedom, from spy to conductor despite being illiterate. Harriet’s mission was to remove the chains that restrained black people by any means necessary, even when her husband, a free man, refused to join her.
Known as “The Moses of her people,” Tubman was laid to rest with military honors. Her commitment to the advancement of freedom is highly respected and noted in history.
In this series of Black History in Two Minutes or So hosted by Henry Louis Gates Jr. — with additional commentary from historian Kate Larson — we celebrate the creator of the Underground Railroad, abolitionist, and the superwoman herself, Harriet Tubman.
Archival Materials Courtesy of:
Library of Congress
Additional Footage Courtesy of:
Inkwell Films, Kunhardt & WNET
Robert F. Smith
Henry Louis Gates Jr.
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