Harriet Tubman and the Underground Slave Railway

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An illustrated talk by Bruce Jewell, detailing the life of Harriet Tubman and how she helped thousands of enslaved people to freedom.

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“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things that I had a right to, liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would have the other”.

These words come from Harriet Tubman, an enslaved woman from Maryland, who escaped to Philadelphia and freedom. What is more remarkable is that she made return trips to slave states to rescue her family and others from slavery. But even free states such as Pennsylvania did not provide complete safety from the slave catchers and so she moved her family to Canada. During the U.S. Civil War she was a nurse, an army scout and she participated in a daring mission to rescue enslaved people.

Harriet Tubman did not receive the recognition she deserved during her lifetime but has since become an inspiration to many, including to Rosa Parks who famously refused to move to the back of a bus in Alabama.

This illustrated talk details the life of Harriet Tubman and the operation of the Underground Slave Railroad which provided an escape route to freedom for thousands of enslaved people in the southern states of the USA.

Bruce Jewell is a retired College Lecturer and a member of Stafford U3A where he has led a History group for eight years. Since the start of the lockdown, the group has met via Zoom video link. Bruce has also led TAT Summer School groups on Globalization and on Islamic Spain and the Reconquista.

This talk will be delivered online via Zoom, it is a free event for u3a members only.

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