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Introduction: Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom (02:22)


Tubman heard voices and had visions, marking her path; she believed they were from the divine. Tubman helped over 70 people escape slavery.

c. 1822 (08:19)

Tubman was born Araminta Ross to Ben and Ritt in Dorchester County in 1822. She grew up enslaved and performed various duties. The disunion of the family unit was at the core of slavery. Slave sales occurred regularly; Tubman witnessed the sale of her sisters.

c. 1834 (05:43)

During an encounter, an overseer fractured Tubman's skull, giving her seizures and visions the rest of her life. Tubman’s master hired her out and she found a way to make it work to her advantage. She met and married a free black man named John Tubman.

c. 1849 (07:11)

Tubman's owner died, leaving his widow in debt. Tubman and her two brothers fled, and Eliza Brodess posted a reward for their capture; punishment could be severe. Tubman’s brothers forced her to return, but she soon fled again, alone. Tubman became free after entering Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (06:20)

Tubman located a group of black abolitionists led by William Still; Still recorded enslaved people's stories. Abolitionism was gaining momentum, but the Fugitive Slave Law made escape more difficult. Tubman entered the lecture circuit but decided to take a more active role.

Underground Railroad (07:56)

Tubman returned to Dorchester County to bring her husband out of Maryland and found he had remarried. She began bringing other enslaved people out of Maryland, using every tool at her disposal. Conductors had to teach escapees how to behave in various circumstances.

Journey to Freedom (03:43)

The last several trips Tubman made into Maryland occurred as the Civil War began. She returned to liberate her sister, but Rachel had died; Tubman led the Ennals family instead. Tubman helped at least 70 people to freedom.

c. 1863 (05:39)

President Lincoln could not enforce the Emancipation Proclamation in border states. Tubman actively engaged in the war effort; she was a nurse and a spy. In June, Tubman guided a raid on the Combahee River, earning the name "Moses."

c. 1865 (02:26)

Tubman experienced a violent act while aboard a train bound for Maryland; she returned to New York injured. Segregation and race-based discrimination emerged immediately after the Civil War.

c. 1890 (04:26)

Tubman sheltered elderly, formerly enslaved people in her home and was a suffragist. During her lifetime, she had been enslaved, engaged in the war effort, and made history. Tubman passed away in 1913 at the age of 91. She helped over 1,000 enslaved people escape.

Credits: Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom (00:28)

Credits: Harriet Tubman: Visions of Freedom

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Go beyond the legend and meet the woman who repeatedly risked her life and freedom to liberate others from slavery. One of the greatest freedom fighters in U.S. history, Tubman was an Underground Railroad conductor, a Civil War scout, nurse and spy. Directed by Oscar®-nominated filmmaker Stanley Nelson and Nicole London, the film is narrated by Emmy® Award-winner Alfre Woodard.

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL283065

Copyright date: ©2022

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