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1 Harriet Tubman’s Visions – Spiritual or Medical? – Biographical Documentary

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27 jan 2023

Harriet Tubman Visions – Spiritual or Medical?

Harriet Tubman is one of the most inspirational figures in American history. The stories of her fearless exploits helping the enslaved escape to safety on the Underground Railroad are justly famous, but less well-known is the fact that she sustained a brain injury in childhood which left her with crippling headaches and a serious neurological disorder for the rest of her life.

At the age of 12 or 13 a plantation overseer threw a two-pound iron weight at her head and knocked her out cold. She had to be carried back to the farm where she was working and was barely conscious for two days. She received no medical care, and as soon as she was on her feet, she was forced back into the fields to work, with the blood and sweat rolling down her face.

She had a scar and a permanent dent on her forehead, consistent with a depressed skull fracture and afterwards she started experiencing episodes of irresistible sleepiness which would come on suddenly during conversations and when carrying out everyday activities and no one would be able to snap her out of them. The injury also coincided with a burgeoning of religious enthusiasm which she had not shown previously. When she woke up from the sleeping fits she said she had been sent messages from God.

In this historical documentary, I explore the strange neuroscience of Harriet Tubman’s visions.

A special thank you to Ella Last for her assistance in researching this video!

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2 The Underground Railroad Explained in 10 Minutes


Harriet Tubman was an African American abolitionist, humanitarian, and political activist who played a significant role in the fight against slavery in the United States. Here are some key points about Harriet Tubman:

  1. Born into Slavery: Harriet Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland around 1822, and her birth name was Araminta Ross. She was subjected to the brutal conditions of slavery, including physical abuse and harsh labor.

  2. Escape from Slavery: In 1849, Tubman escaped from slavery and made her way to freedom in the North. She embarked on a dangerous journey known as the Underground Railroad, a network of safe houses and secret routes that helped escaped slaves reach free states or Canada.

  3. “Moses” of Her People: Tubman earned the nickname “Moses” for her fearless leadership in guiding enslaved individuals to freedom. She made 19 trips back to the South and rescued over 300 slaves, including family members and other individuals, without losing a single passenger.

  4. Abolitionist and Activist: Tubman became an active abolitionist and worked alongside prominent abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and John Brown. She also participated in the women’s suffrage movement, advocating for the rights of women, particularly African American women.

  5. Civil War and Union Spy: During the Civil War (1861-1865), Tubman worked as a cook, nurse, and spy for the Union Army. She used her knowledge of the South and her network of contacts to gather intelligence and provide critical information to Union commanders.

  6. Humanitarian Work: After the Civil War, Tubman dedicated her life to humanitarian causes. She established a home for elderly and indigent African Americans, and also worked to promote education and social justice for African Americans.

  7. Legacy and Honors: Harriet Tubman’s contributions to the abolition of slavery, her bravery, and her humanitarian efforts have earned her widespread recognition and honors. She is celebrated as an American hero, and her face is set to appear on the U.S. $20 bill in the near future, becoming the first African American woman to be featured on U.S. currency.

Overall, Harriet Tubman’s life and legacy are a testament to her unwavering determination, courage, and commitment to the abolition of slavery and the fight for equality and social justice. Her story continues to inspire people around the world.

1 Harriet Tubman: They called her Moses (2018) | Full Movie | Dr. Eric Lewis Williams

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26 apr. 2020

Discover the real Harriet Tubman in this compelling documentary narrated by Alfrelynn Roberts and featuring expert interviews with leading scholars, including Dr. Eric Lewis Williams of the Smithsonian Institute and Carl Westmoreland of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. It also features remarkable early 20th century audio recordings of African-American spirituals sung by former slaves. 
Harriet Tubman is a familiar and revered name in American history. But many are unfamiliar with the details of her remarkable story, the depth of her character, and the inner motivations that drove her. Born into slavery in Maryland in the 1820s, Harriet Tubman’s resolute Christian faith would compel her to extraordinary acts of courage and sacrifice. Through her selfless efforts, hundreds of African-American slaves escaped to freedom. Tubman’s tenacious trust in God and love for others earned her the title “the Moses of her people.” Discover the real Harriet Tubman in this compelling documentary narrated by Alfrelynn Roberts and featuring expert interviews with leading scholars, including Dr. Eric Lewis Williams of the Smithsonian Institute and Carl Westmoreland of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. It also features remarkable early 20th century audio recordings of African-American spirituals sung by former slaves. Director: Robert Fernandez Starring: Dr. Eric Lewis Williams, Carl Westmoreland

2 Harriet Tubman Soldier Of Freedom Full Movie


20 sep. 2019

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3 Harriet Tubman Documentary

18 dec. 2019

Harriet Tubman or Moses Inspiring Documentary!
The woman that escaped slavery then impacted American History! What a powerful story!
The only woman in American history to lead an army to battle (in civil war).

4 Harriet Tubman’s road to freedom

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20 okt. 2019

Harriet Tubman, a tiny woman who could neither read nor write, pulled off superheroine-like exploits in the years before the Civil War. With the help of the Underground Railroad, she not only escaped from a Maryland plantation to freedom in the North, she went back, 13 times over 10 years, to guide more than 70 enslaved people to freedom. And during the war, she became the first American woman to lead troops into battle, near Beaufort, S.C. Martha Teichner visits historic sites that were part of Tubman’s remarkable life story, and with actress Cynthia Erivo, who plays the iconic figure in a new biopic, “Harriet.”

5 New national park celebrates Harriet Tubman’s legacy

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5 mrt. 2017

After Harriet Tubman, famed conductor of the Underground Railroad, rescued dozens of people from slavery and served in the Civil War, she settled down in the small city of Auburn in upstate New York and continued a life of service. The National Park Service recently made her property a national park, celebrating the later chapters of her life. NewsHour Weekend’s Megan Thompson reports

6 What You Never Knew About Harriet Tubman

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15 mei 2014

One of our nation’s greatest heroes, Harriet Tubman led slaves north to freedom via secret paths and waterways, but her skills also made her a valuable military asset to the Union Army.
From: CIVIL WAR 360: Fight for Freedom http://bit.ly/1mAjnv3

7 ‘I Could Have Freed a Thousand More Slaves If They Knew They Were Slaves’ | Harriet Tubman

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6 mrt. 2019

American abolitionist and political activist, Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, escaped and rescued thousands of slaves, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.
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8 Here’s What Harriet Got Wrong About Harriet Tubman’s Life

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6 nov. 2019

The biographical film “Harriet” about American abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman is already generating Oscar buzz for Cynthia Erivo’s portrayal of the title character. The movie opens on a plantation in Maryland and ends with Erivo’s character leading an armed expedition of 150 Black soldiers into the famous Combahee River Raid during the American Civil War. The movie covers many famous and infamous moments in American history during the 19th century. But when a Hollywood movie attempts to recreate history, it also tends to bend the truth, even if just a little bit. Here’s what “Harriet” got wrong about Harriet Tubman’s life.

My name is… | 0:00
The mystery of John Tubman | 1:32
Retracing her steps | 2:19
Sparking an escape | 3:09
The visions of Harriet | 4:14
Gideon Brodess | 5:43
Marie Buchanon | 6:48
Bigger Long | 8:11
The Fugitive Slave Act | 9:30

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9 The Breathtaking Story of Harriet Tubman

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1 sep. 2020

Harriet Tubman was known as a “conductor” on the “Underground Railroad.” But this wasn’t a railroad that carried trains and freight but rather human lives that were desperately seeking freedom. It was a clandestine group of individuals (hence the name “underground”) scattered across the United States and Canada who helped facilitate the migration of those ensnared in the South’s scourge of slavery to the so-called free states and provinces of the North.

10 The 1619 Project details the legacy of slavery in America

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18 aug. 2019

Four hundred years ago this month, the first enslaved people from Africa arrived in the Virginia colony. To observe the anniversary of American slavery, The New York Times Magazine launched The 1619 Project to reframe America’s history through the lens of slavery. The project lead, reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss.

11 New York Times’ “1619 Project” explores legacy of slavery in America

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20 aug. 2019

The New York Times’ “1619 Project” marks 400 years since the first African slaves were brought to the U.S. and explores the continuing impact on the nation today. City College of New York professor Linda Villarosa contributed to that report and explained how enslaved people were physically tortured in the name of science and medicine.

12 Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

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A documentary based off of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

13 Harriet Tubman Brought to Life: Facial Re-creation & History of the Abolitionist & Union Spy

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17 feb 2023

0:00 Early Life
6:55 Escape to Freedom
9:08 Fugitive Slave Acts
10:03 Roots of the Underground Railroad
10:46 Black Moses
14:48 Civil War
16:45 Later Life
17:49 Harriet’s Appearance
18:41 Re-creations Revealed

Today, we’ll be talking about one of the bravest women in American History, Harriet Tubman. Known as “The Moses of her People,” she escaped slavery and made it her life’s mission to help rescue others. We’ll also bring her to life with some re-creations at the end of the video.

Around 1820, Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Ross was born on a plantation in Dorchester County, Maryland. From a very early age, Harriet was hired out at 5 years old to work as a nursemaid. For years, she endured this, and later describes this time period as a time of “severe neglect” with the scars on her neck to prove it.

She began to become religious, finding a strong faith in God and using it as a steadying force in her chaotic life. Even after these years of harsh punishment, Harriet had never lost that spark of resistance.

When she was around 12 years old, she was sent to the general store to do some shopping… but on her way there, she caught sight of a man being chased and immediately knew that he was a runaway. As his pursuers got closer, Harriet purposely stood her ground, getting in the way of the irate slaver.

The overseer then grabbed a heavy weight from the store counter, intending to hit the runaway, but instead, he hit Harriet directly in the head, breaking her skull. After the severe head trauma, she had frequent headaches and narcolepsy.

In 1844, Harriet married a free black man named John Tubman, and this is when she changes her name from Araminta Ross, to how we know it – as Harriet Tubman. Many historians believe that her changing both her first and last name indicates that she wanted to separate herself from her previous identity, and possibly, that she was already planning her escape.

On September 17th, 1849, Harriet and her two brothers Ben and Henry, made their astonishing bid for freedom.

Not long after her return, she escaped once again, this time alone. Over the course of the next three weeks, she traveled the harrowing 90 miles to the Mason-Dixon Line, hiding in friendly houses during the day, and traveling through the night using the North Star to guide her. Finally, she reached the free state of Pennsylvania. Harriet Tubman was a free woman. The Underground Railroad, the network of free people, both black and white, that were helping guide slaves to freedom, was now growing dramatically.

Over the next 11 years, Harriet became a Conductor on the Underground Railroad – and then became an organizer, and a leader. She would go back at least 13 times, although some historians believe that Harriet was being modest with this number.

But the life of an Underground Railroad operator was hard and dangerous. Harriet was determined to guide families to freedom, but she was also forced to make hard decisions just to keep them safe.

Conductors on the Railroad used genius means of disguise to protect themselves. Harriet herself was fond of dressing like a free Black man, or elderly woman.

Although the exact number of escapes she guided is unknown – Harriet herself reported a modest 70 escapes, whereas her biographer estimated 300 – she never lost a passenger.

For the rest of Harriet’s life, she would remain on her farm with her family, and continue being an activist for women’s rights.

On March 10, 1913 after a long life of service to others, Harriet died, surrounded by her loved ones. Unfathomably selfless, brave and cunning, she rose to the challenge of her time, and against all odds, she led her people to the promised land.

What did Harriet Tubman really look like?

We are lucky enough to have a few photographs of Harriet, one of which was just discovered a few years ago. This photograph was taken around 1868, when Harriet would have been in her early forties. She’s wearing nice, middle class clothing, and looks every bit as strong and determined as what you’d imagine.

It’s hard to tell, but it does look a bit like the head injury she suffered at the age of 12 affected her face – you can see a slight lazy eye in her right eye, and a downturned lip on the same side. The same can be seen on images of Tubman as she aged as well.

I’ve used the 1868 portrait for my re-creation. Since we don’t have any portraits of Tubman as a young woman, I’ve created a young version of her reconstructed face, as well as then aged her up to match her older photographs. So let’s see Harriet Tubman brought to life at every age, now.

14 Harriet | Harriet Tubman Saves Her Niece

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4 feb 2023 #CynthiaErivo #Harriet #FocusFeatures

In a heroic journey to free her family, Harriet Tubman (Cynthia Erivo) travels back to the plantation that she was once forced to call home. Finding other enslaved people along the way, she concocts a plan to hide them all in plain sight while attempting to cross through a bridge barricaded by plantation owners trying to capture her.

Film Synopsis:
Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Haunted by memories of those she left behind, Harriet (Cynthia Erivo) ventures back into dangerous territory on a mission to lead others to freedom. With allies like abolitionist William Still (Leslie Odom, Jr.) and the entrepreneurial Marie Buchanon (Janelle Monae), Harriet risks capture and death to guide hundreds to safety as one of the most prominent conductors of the Underground Railroad. Witness the story of a woman who defied impossible odds to change the course of her life and the fate of the nation.

15 Harriet Tubman: A Maryland Story

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Harriet Tubman: A Maryland Story

16 The Slave Who Led Black Americans To Freedom

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Harriet Tubman’s trailblazing leadership, through her numerous rescue missions of slaves from the 19th century American South, counters the idea of slaves as passive victims who somehow accepted the unjust system into which they were born. While we associate commemoration on America’s currency notes with the white leaders who’ve traditionally wielded power, there’s a growing argument that the $20 bill would be perfectly suited to commemorating the extraordinary leader who became the Moses of the South.
0:00 Intro
00:57 Harriet Tubman: born into slavery
01:55 A blow to the head
02:24 Drapetomania
03:15 Tubman’s escape
04:18 The Underground Railroad
05:26 Becoming a conductor
06:39 The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850
08:11 Descent into civil war – and the Combahee Ferry Raid
09:47 Victory and freedom
10:26 A nonagenarian inspiration

17 Harriet Tubman

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Edited documentary on Harriet Tubman, her contribution,with real interviews to bring Black history, slavery and Harriet Tubmans contributions updated

18 Harriet Tubman Museum

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MPT’s Charles Robinson visits the new Harriet Tubman museum.

19 Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center – C-SPAN3

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Sunday at 6pm & 10pm ET on C-SPAN3’s American Artifacts Join us for a visit to the Chesapeake Bay eastern shore area where Tubman was born, raised, and learned the skills she needed to help enslaved people escape to freedom – traveling at night through forest, swamp, and fields.

20 Harriet Tubman / Sojourner Truth (1992)

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1 aug 2019

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21 Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad (1964) | Ruby Dee

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25 sep 2019

The excellent Ruby Dee plays the escaped slave Harriet Tubman and her attempts to rescue enslaved family members and friends through the pre-Civil War Underground Railroad. aka “Go Down Moses.” With Brock Peters, Ossie Davis, Isabel Cooley and Ethel Waters. Shared for historical purposes. I do not own the rights.


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22 The Life of Harriet Tubman

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9 jan 2015

23 America’s Journey Through Slavery: Harriet Tubman and Her Escape To Freedom Trailer (#GH4977)

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Millions of enslaved African-American men, women and children lived in the United States less than 200 years ago. During that period of American history, many brave men and women attempted an escape to freedom. Harriet Tubman overcame incredible odds and succeeded not only in gaining freedom for herself, but for over 300 other enslaved people. Through re-enactments and animated maps, this program chronicles her life and demonstrates her courage as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

24 She Escaped Enslavement And Became A Symbol For Freedom | Harriet Tubman #blackhistorymonth

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How did Harriet Tubman go from being a slave to the most famous conductor on the Underground Railroad, personally rescuing hundreds from slavery? This video explores her life, her daring rescues, her part in the American Civil War, and how even in later life, she continued to give, going on to become an icon.

25 Harriet Tubman

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Kathryn Harris presents her one woman show portraying the faith, tenacity, bravery and determination of Harriet Tubman.

26 Carry Me Home: Harriet Tubman (2016) | Full Movie | Karen Abercrombie | Lindsey Grimble

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14 mei 2020

Carry Me Home is a short film following the true story of Maria Ennals (Lindsey Grimble) and her family in the Antebellum South in the cold winter of 1860.

Maria is a young mother trapped in slavery who seizes the opportunity to escape with her family when she encounters HARRIET TUBMAN (Karen Abercrombie, War Room). Harriet leads the young family through a number of trials on the Underground Railroad, causing them all to question whether or not freedom is worth the price they must pay to obtain it.

Director: Joshua Henry
Starring: Karen Abercrombie, Lindsey Grimble, Joel Ashur

27 Harriet Tubman: Soldier of Freedom

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19 sep. 2019

Harriet Tubman: Soldier of Freedom is the heart-wrenching yet triumphant story of Harriet Tubman. Filmed on location on the Eastern Shore the film briefly shares the dramatic, difficult story of Tubman’s life as an enslaved child and adult, her pursuit of freedom on the Underground Railroad, and her determination to end slavery and bring liberty and justice to others. The short film is a deeply moving introduction to the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center exhibits and programs, highlighting all the things that were most meaningful and important to Tubman – Family, Freedom, Faith, and Community.

28 Harriet Tubman: Fearless Freedom Fighter who Liberated Hundreds of Slaves | Biography

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26 jan 2010 #Biography

Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom in the North in 1849 to become the most famous “conductor” on the Underground Railroad. Tubman risked her life to lead hundreds of family members and other slaves from the plantation system to freedom on this elaborate secret network of safe houses

29 The Underground Railroad retells slavery’s horrors with a dreamlike twist

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Director Barry Jenkins’ new series The Underground Railroad tells the story of Cora, a pre-Civil War slave, and her quest for freedom. The director’s deft use of lush, beautiful cinematography and magical realism make for a series that’s both beautiful and horrifying at the same time.

30 The Fugitive Slave Act: Compelling Compliance with Evil (Black Culture)

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24 mrt 2023 #BlackHistory #BlackCulture #BlackLiterature

In 1850, one of America’s History’s Worst Laws was Passed: The Fugitive Slave Act. What can be described as one of the darkest days in America’s history, which would ultimately lead to the American Civil War, a bloody conflict that saw hundreds of thousands lay down their lives for black freedom.

The Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, not the first but definitely the harshest, was a dark chapter in American history that represented a betrayal of the principles of freedom and justice upon which our nation was founded.

In this video, we will turn back the hands of time and take you to a dark period in American history. Back to 1850, a nightmare for free blacks and escaped black slaves.

In the mid-19th century, slavery was a deeply ingrained part of American society. Slaves were considered property, and their owners had complete control over their lives. Slaves were forced to work long hours in harsh conditions, and they were often subjected to physical and emotional abuse. Families were torn apart, and children were separated from their parents, sold to different owners and sent to different parts of the country.

Many slaves tried to escape from their owners, seeking freedom in the North or in Canada. In these areas, slavery had been abolished, and blacks could live as first-class citizens. However, this was no easy feat, as runaway slaves were hunted by slave catchers who were hired by their owners. These catchers would track down the runaways and bring them back to their owners, often using force and violence in the process.

Now, let’s fast forward to 1850. At this point, the issue of slavery had become a major political issue in the United States.
The country was deeply divided, with some states advocating for the abolition of slavery while others staunchly defended it. The Fugitive Slave Act was passed as part of a compromise between these two factions.

Under the law, any person who assisted a runaway slave could be fined or imprisoned. This included individuals who simply provided food or shelter to a runaway slave. In addition, federal marshals were authorized to arrest anyone suspected of being a runaway slave, and they were required to return the slave to their owner, even if the slave had been living in freedom for many years.
For those who were enslaved, the act represented a brutal reality. The law meant that anyone, anywhere, could be seized and sent back to a life of bondage. For free blacks, it was a constant threat of being falsely accused of being a runaway slave and being dragged into slavery.
The process of capturing runaway slaves was a cruel and inhumane one. Slave catchers were hired to hunt down escaped slaves, and they were often ruthless in their tactics. They would track down runaway slaves using bloodhounds, and when they found them, they would use any means necessary to capture them.

Free blacks were also targeted by slave catchers who could kidnap them, falsely accuse them of being runaway slaves and then force them into slavery. They were subjected to a process called “slave-catching,” where they were captured, jailed, and then brought before a judge. In most cases, the judges would rule in favour of the slave catchers, and the accused would be sent into slavery.
The process was devastating for black families, who have torn apart as a result of the Fugitive Slave Act. Fathers, mothers, and children were separated from each other, often never seeing each other again. The psychological trauma of being captured and forced into slavery was profound and long-lasting.

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31 The 5 Most DARING Escapes From Enslavement | #blackhistorymonth

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While many enslaved people rescued themselves and their families by escaping the horrific institution of slavery, some were so daring that they became beacons of hope, and legends in their own lifetimes. These are the most bold and audacious escapes from slavery, from posting yourself in a box, to hiding in an attic for seven years, to pretending to be the opposite gender!

32 The Underground Railroad

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