Harriet Tubm Conductor On The Underground Railroad Analysis

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In the story, "Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad" it says, " She discovered that freedom meant more than the right to keep the money that one earned. It was the right to vote and to sit on juries"(448). The actions of Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett, and Ellen Craft imply that they relate to the theme of freedom and sacrifice illustrated by the quote, "We got to go free or die. And freedom 's not bought with dust." Harriet Tubman gave a lot for the freedom of the slaves through acts of leadership on their journey. While, Thomas Garett helped them in the middle by providing them with food, shelter, and other acts of kindness. Ellen Craft exhibits freedom and sacrifice by pretending to be a working man who makes lots of money…show more content…
Since she did not have the challenge of being a slave along with the advantage of pale skin, it helped her disguise as a white, so then she worked hard and became rich. In addition, she stayed in the wealthiest hotels to disguise herself as a rich man. An example of the theme of sacrifice and freedom is towards the end of the passage when Harriet Tubman told the story of Ellen Craft in order to encourage the slaves. In the story it says, " Ellen pretended to be very ill - her right arm was in a sling and her right hand was bandaged because she was supposed to have rheumatism. Thus, she avoided having to sign the register at hotels, for she could not read or write" (445). This shows that although it is a ruse to show her ignorance. Even though she does not have a great education, she has developed her life in such a successful way. She has lived her life full of risks with the goal of freedom and sacrifices all along the way thus portraying the theme. Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett, and Ellen Craft have portrayed the theme of freedom and sacrifice through all their actions. All these people have influenced the Underground Railroad and risked their lives in so many ways either for other or themselves. As Harriet Tubman once said, " We got to go free or die. And freedom 's not bought with
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