Sacrifice In Harriet Tubman And The Underground Railroad

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Harriet Tubman often said, “We got to go free or die. And freedom’s not bought with dust.” The actions of her and many others relate to the theme of freedom and sacrifice as illustrated by this quote. Harriet Tubman knew very well of freedom and sacrifice because she helped many slaves acquire freedom through serving as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. By the same token, Thomas Garrett’s endeavors to aid the underground railroad also relate to the theme illustrated by Tubman’s statement. Similarly, William Still’s commitment to helping slaves and recording their stories connects to the same theme. Overall, the underground railroad consisted of several selfless people who devoted their time to assist slaves. While many individuals in the Underground Railroad chose to help by covertly running a station, Harriet Tubman was a conductor for many journeys north. It is because of Harriet Tubman’s efforts as a conductor that hundreds of slaves made it to freedom in Canada. First, Tubman’s trip to Canada which is described by the text was a particularly difficult one. It is written that this trip from Dorchester County, Maryland to St. Catharines, Ontario had been with her largest party of runaways yet, containing eleven people. Evidently, on a trip of this magnitude Tubman was risking the well-being of her and her party. However, she believed in the idea that freedom requires sacrifice, and thus she was willing to carry out the excursion. Furthermore, Harriet Tubman was well aware of the consequences involved …show more content…

Harriet Tubman, Thomas Garrett, and William Still are all excellent examples of people who value this theme, because they all devoted themselves to the undertaking of liberating slaves. While many generous individuals assisted runaway slaves in their own manner, the combined efforts of the Underground Railroad strongly pushed towards the abolition of

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