March 24, 2014
Harriet Tubman and the Road to Freedom
Many people do not possess the power it takes to be civilly disobedient. It takes a very resilient person to peacefully protest an unjust law. A prime example of a strong human being with that immense power is Harriet Tubman, a former slave turned abolitionist. Harriet Tubman’s display of civil disobedience is one of the bravest and inspiring situations. Even famous biographer Sarah Bradford said that Mrs. Tubman was greater than Jeanne D’Arc, Grace Darling, And Florence Nightingale, for “not one of these women, noble and grave as they were, showed more courage, and power of endurance, in facing danger and death than the women known to posterity as Harriet Tubman” (Bennett 2). Tubman overcame the horrifying injustice of slavery by escaping on her own and helping other slaves get to freedom through the Underground Railroad. All in all, Tubman saved over 300 slaves on her heroic missions back and forth across the Mason-Dixon Line.
To start off, Harriet Tubman was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation as Harriet Ross. Though her early years are not clear we do know we know that Harriet Tubman did not agree with being treated as though she was not a human being. She never liked the face that people with white skin were allowed freedom and she was not. The turning point in her early life was when her two older sisters Linah and Soph were sold. Soon, Ross went to marry a free black man named John Tubman and her last name soon became Tubman. Even though the divorced later in their marriage he still inspired her that everyone deserves to free no matter what it takes, it can be done.
Even though we try to get rid of the thought that slavery even existed, it is a harsh reality that is a part of our country’s history. “Slavery’’ Tubman declared 'is the next thing to hell. If a person would send another to bondage he would. “It appears to me, to be bad enough to send...