Harriet Tubman

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Harriet Tubman In the book Creating Black Americans by Nell Irvin Painter, several images of Harriet Tubman are shown representing her importance in African-American history. In most of the pictures, Tubman appears in a small group, or with a large number of other fugitive slaves. Although Tubman is depicted as the main focal point in these images, the images display a symbol of black people as a whole rather than her as an individual. Tubman, after running away to freedom, led a movement that freed several hundred other slaves. During times of slavery, there were many methods in which slaves would obtain freedom. For instance, slaves would do indentured servitude, they would purchase their freedom, they would escape slavery by being born to a free mother, and they would run away as a last result. With help from people such as Harriet Tubman, many slaves were led to freedom during a time in which they had nowhere else to turn, and no one else to turn to.
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Unformatted text preview: Pictures are drawn of Harriet Tubman to symbolize slave’s runaway to freedom. As the leader of many of these fugitives’ getaways, Harriet is often shown larger than the other slaves, in front of a large group, or alone on a journey. Nicknamed “Moses” for what she did for many African American’s, Harriet Tubman serves a symbol of freedom for all black people. Even when she is shown in a picture by herself, such as the picture by Charles White, you can almost sense her urgency as though there is always something to be done and lives to be saved. Harriet Tubman, recognized as one of many people who fought for the freedom of all blacks, is shown in the book several times for a reason. Not to lift her name up solely, but more so to symbolize a struggle that was endured by several hundred fugitive slaves. And although the images depict her as larger than life, she symbolizes blacks as a whole....
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This note was uploaded on 04/05/2008 for the course AFAM 102 taught by Professor Kennethjanken during the Fall '07 term at UNC.

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