Harriet Tubman: From Slavery to Storytelling
The objective of the paper’s objective is to tell the story of Harriet Tubman, the reality of her existence and her past on how from being a slave she became a renowned storyteller. One hundred years ago, there was a charity home named after antislavery martyr John Brown in the small upstate of New York, Auburn. This is where Harriet Tubman resided the decade before the Civil War occurred. The charity is a two-story brick structure where Tubman’s dreams were born. Harriet Tubman preferred that in the twentieth century her nation is a rising and flourishing country that it may provide for the aged and indigent, the orphan and disabled, of whatever color. As it can be observed though, so much had changed for her dream to be fully realized (Clinton, 2004 p. 1).
Tubman was born in Maryland in 1825. Regardless of the fact that she was well aware of the social issues, she continued to help others and extend assistance to other people she approached the age of eighty. She never gave in her fight against racial injustice and discrimination. She promised herself that if she could not fulfill her dream of establishing a home she will die trying (Clinton, 2004 p. 1).
Tubman did not write any biographical texts on which all her collective memories were based. As a child of 1820, she was a slave in Dorchester country of Maryland. She never had a formal education and remained as a bondwoman until 30 years of age. In 1849, she escaped from being a slave and found allies in the North who will read correspondence from dictation. During the Civil War, she told her biographer that she planned to acquire power by telling and sharing her stories (Humez, 2003, p. 5).
They illustrate Tubman as a high-water mark in the canonization process of American memories. They say Harriet Tubman is the all-comprehending black hero of our time. The traditional West African cultures expressed that Harriet Tubman’s ancestors came the definition of immortality which is the “living dead.” Stories are made up of children in which, the base element of the Harriet Tubman myth. They examine the children’s literature and discovered that Americans are not the only ones who have thought of remembering Tubman but on how the Tubman myths and stories are being reshaped (Sernett, 2007, p. 12).
Harriet Tubman was an inveterate and powerful storyteller. She enjoyed telling young people of adventure because she had no children of her own. The children sat on an elderly Tubman and heard all her marvellous adventure on the Underground Railroad and in the South during Civil War. A renowned storyteller in his own right Samuel Hopkins Adams who have a great aunt Sarah Hopkins Bradford and acted as Tubman’s biographer recalled that in the late 1870’s, it was a “ gala day” for “Old Harriet” who arrived at his grandfather’s Grant Avenue mansion on the outskirts of Auburn, New York. The children always gathered to listen on her transfixed and dramatic storytelling abilities. Some of Tubman stories are passed on to her child and grandchildren. On the day of 1862, Tubman was kidnapped and died on 1913 (Sernett, 2007, p. 12).
The gathered details of life of Harriet Tubman teach lessons on how to become a strong and determined person regardless of gender, race and most importantly social status. She fought for justice and believed that in the future the perspective of the people regarding social stratification and prejudice can be eliminated
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Sernett, Milton C. Harriet Tubman: myth, memory, and history. Duke University Press, 2007
Humez, Jean McMahon. Harriet Tubman: the life and the life stories Wisconsin studies in autobiography ACLS Humanities E-Book. Univ of Wisconsin Press, 2003