Harriet Tubman

Sydni Binford 5th period

Brief Background

Harriet Tubman is seen as one of the greatest American Historical figures because of her courageous actions taking part in the Underground Railroad in the 1850s. She would take countless number of trips traveling the railroad bringing slaves to freedom. She was known as the "conductor" of the railroad because she knew all the routes to free territory. Even though Tubman knew she was risking her life every time she set foot in the railroad, she was willing to take that chance to save the lives of others.
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Harriet Tubman and Civil Disobedience

Harriet Tubman represents ideas found in Thoreau's "Civil Disobedience" through her actions taking part in the Underground Railroad. Just like Thoreau, Tubman did not want to be controlled over by a government or some type of authority. They both saw "the right of a revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance, and to resist, the government" and they also felt that Americans should be free and live equally in life learning to control their own problems (Thoreau). Therefore, Tubman became an active member of the Underground Railroad helping salves, just life herself, travel to free land where they could one day grow into a life of happiness, and make their own decisions about where they will go.