Never Give Up What do you do when you don't have food, a supporting family, or your a slave escaping to freedom? Would you give up or keep going? Salvador didn't give up even though he doesn't have much food and a family like most kids his age do. Harriet was a strong women escaping slavery but yet going back to help more people. Harriet was very strong because not only did she never give up when she was escaping, she never gave up when she was helping others escape.
Sethe’s resilience has allowed her to do something that her own mother could not do for Sethe. Sickels maintains that “Sethe’s escape from Sweet Home and the infant she has given birth to reveal her resistance to slavery’s attempt to control black motherhood” (Sickels 38). Sethe is a courageous figure that has given her family freedom without the help of her husband. Sethe explains, “Up till then it was the only thing I ever did on my own” (Morrison 93). In this defining moment, she feels empowered that she has succeeded in an oppressive society.
The Fugitive Slave act was put in place and slaves would be returned to their slave masters and depending on what they did, they could get anything from beaten to tortured to killed. Harriet escaped her slave master so it was very risky for her to be in the US. I believe the underground railroad was her greatest achievement because of her time spent, the risk and the number of people she helped. First she spent a lot of time doing the underground railroad. She came down to the south and made rescues for ten years and spend a lot of her life also finding safe houses so slaves could escape (Document
Tubman emerged as a leader because she used her differences as an advantage. The first difference was she has already escaped slavery. An example that shows this is, " Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland in 1820 and successfully escaped in 1849," (Petry 1). This difference allowed Harriet to emerge as a leader because she knows the routes to get to the North and what not to do to avoid getting caught. The second difference betweeen Tubman and her followers was the level of commitement.
She grew up in an exceptionally egalitarian Quaker community in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Exposed to the horrors of slavery as a young adult, Mott began to speak out on behalf of emancipation. She became widely acknowledged as a gifted public speaker. Horrified to learn that much of the success of her husband’s wholesale business rested on slave produced cotton products, Mott began to endorse and preach for a boycott of slave made goods. In 1833, she was the only woman to speak at the American Anti-Slavery Society’s meeting in Philadelphia.
Barker was assigned to find a man to lead and that’s just what she did. Without any regard or question against their ruling that it had to be a man leading them, she completed the task without fail. She in no means was a feminist, even putting herself at a lower rank to the newcomer man that she found rather than herself who had put in a lot of time and effort into the organization. Don’t get me wrong, she did a lot for the civil rights and the grass-roots movement, such as organizing the youth and cultivating leadership, but she did
Sojourner Truth, the black woman that did it all, she escaped from slavery, fought for those who were not free, and fought for woman who deserved to have a say. Her journey began since she was sold and bought into slavery at the age of 9. Sojourner was named Isabella from birth, her pseudonyme doesn't come in until later in the story. Her birth was never really in the books, but many believe she
Despite Phillis Wheatley being an African American former slave in the 1760's, Phillis managed to overcome unimaginable obstacles that and become a successful poet. Around the age of seven Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped and was sold into slavery to the Wheatley's. Unlike many white slave owners the Wheatleys cared deeply for Phillis, so they decided to teach her how to read and write, which was illegal during this time. Phillis Wheatley played a very vital role in American history, despite being sold into slavery Phillis manage to overcome all obstacles and break down barriers to become the well known astounding poet she is today. One of Wheatley’s poems that received the most attention is the one she wrote for George Washington, 'To the King's Most Excellency Majesty'.
Aminata Diallo grew old through a life of slavery and freedom, but she carried all her burdens with her throughout that journey. She worked to stay alive and got very little rest. She gave a story of her life to her daughter, and the stories told to the parliamentary committee and the tribe in Africa would live on. She lost her true love, Chekura, even though they boarded the same ship, she left with British and American officials. Aminata wanted to be with him, she wanted him to be free, but he wasn’t.
Sojourner Truth was a former African-American slave turned activist who was a champion for women’s rights and the abolition of slavery. She was a brave woman who was not afraid to stand up against the powers that be. In the 19th century, it took a great deal of courage and strong conviction to make the impact that she did in her lifetime, and on American history. Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree (also known as “Belle”) in Swaterkill, New York. Her exact date of birth could is unknown because children born into slavery did not have their birth date recorded.