Do you know there is a Harriet Tubman movie covering the life of the American abolitionist and political activist, and how she used the Underground Railroad? Students will learn about Harriet Tubman’s courage, how she was an abolitionist, and Harriet Tubman facts. Our social studies resource includes teaching tips, plans, and discusses slavery for this Civil War freedom fighter, as well as activities to honor the life and courage of Harriet Tubman to pair up with the movie. Also great for Black History Month!
Is there a Harriet Tubman movie?
The latest Harriet Tubman movie is called, “Harriet.”
From the movie description:
“From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told.”
Who is playing Harriet Tubman in the new movie?
Cynthia Erivo is playing the former slave and abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, in the new Harriet Tubman movie.
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HARRIET TUBMAN FACTS
12 Quick Harriet Tubman Facts
What are some important facts about Harriet Tubman?
- Harriet Tubman was born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland.
- She was born Araminta “Minty” Ross, but it is thought that she later changed her name to Harriet to honor her mother.
- Harriet Tubman went by several nicknames, including “Conductor of Underground Railroad,” “General,” and “Moses of Her People”
- Tubman was only 5 feet tall!
- In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia and became free.
- She made 19 trips south in 10 years to rescue slaves.
- Tubman was the first woman to lead an armed raid. It freed 700 slaves in South Carolina.
- Tubman spent time as a Union spy!
- She used a pistol to frighten the slaves to keep moving to freedom.
- Harriet was a vocal advocate of the women’s rights movement.
- Tubman and her husband, Nelson Davis, adopted a daughter.
- Later in her life, Tubman donated the property she owned in Auburn, New York, as a home to help the elderly and less fortunate, even building an infirmary to provide free healthcare—not just for African Americans, but for anyone who needed it!
What is Harriet Tubman famous for?
According to WomensHistory.org:
Known as the “Moses of her people,” Harriet Tubman was enslaved, escaped, and helped others gain their freedom as a “conductor” of the Underground Railroad. Tubman also served as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. She is considered the first African American woman to serve in the military.
What did Harriet Tubman do?
Harriet Tubman became the “Conductor of the Underground Railroad” by escaping slavery and then helping to free hundreds of slaves to Northern free states and also Canada.
How many slaves did Harriet Tubman free?
Reports give accounts of Tubman as personally freeing over 70 slaves. At one point, she helped lead a raid that freed 700 slaves. However, according to PBS.org, Harriet Tubman helped free over 300 slaves over a ten-year period. Tubman was quoted as saying, “If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.”
When Harriet Tubman Was Born…
Did you know that there are no exact birth records to verify Harriet Tubman’s birth?
It is estimated that she was born somewhere between 1815-1825.
She was born in Dorchester County, Maryland.
How did Harriet Tubman die?
Harriet Tubman died on March 10, 1913, of pneumonia.
She was between the ages of 88-98. Because there is confusion about her exact birth date, her exact age at the time of her death is unknown.
Before her death she told friends and family surrounding her death bed “I go to prepare a place for you”.
Was Harriet Tubman married?
PBS.org tells us:
Around 1844 she married a free black named John Tubman and took his last name. (She was born Araminta Ross; she later changed her first name to Harriet, after her mother.)
In 1849, in fear that she, along with the other slaves on the plantation, was to be sold, Tubman resolved to run away.
She set out one night on foot.
With some assistance from a friendly white woman, Tubman was on her way.
She followed the North Star by night, making her way to Pennsylvania and soon after to Philadelphia, where she found work and saved her money.
The following year she returned to Maryland and escorted her sister and her sister’s two children to freedom.
She made the dangerous trip back to the South soon after to rescue her brother and two other men.
On her third return, she went after her husband, only to find he had taken another wife.
Undeterred, she found other slaves seeking freedom and escorted them to the North.
In 1869, Harriet went on to marry Nelson Davis.
Harriet Tubman Quotes
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
“There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would take the other, for no man should take me alive. I should fight for liberty as long as my strength lasted.”
“God’s time is always near. He gave me my strength and he set the North Star in the heavens; He meant I should be free.”
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19 Harriet Tubman Movie Lesson Plans, Projects, and Activities
4. Read Harriet Tubman books:
9. Listen to a podcast, “Following Harriet.”
19. Make a Freedom Quilt.