How Did Landscape Affect Harriet Tubman? The Outdoors, Slavery, & the Underground Railroad
Harriet Tubman, the most famous conductor of the Underground Railroad, grew up on the Eastern Shore of Maryland before escaping to freedom in 1849. She returned to the Eastern Shore 13 times to free family and friends from bondage. How can looking at the landscape of the Eastern Shore help us understand Tubman's amazing story and the Underground Railroad itself? Mary is joined by Timothy VanCleave, Park Ranger at the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park in Maryland, to explore.
BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History Video Playlist
BRIdge from the Past: Art Across U.S. History is a new YouTube series for students that explores an important historic image every episode to gain insights into the culture, politics, and society of a particular time in U.S. history. Host Mary Patterson will explain how each primary source is its own “window to the past,” revealing new areas for contemplation and discussion.
Harriet Tubman: Follow the North Star to Freedom
In this lesson, students will learn how Harriet Tubman acted responsibly by helping many people escape slavery. They will also determine ways that they can help others by being responsible.
The Crooked Path to Abolition with James Oakes | BRI Scholar Talks
How were the Civil War and the question of slavery related to differing interpretations of a pro-slavery or anti-slavery Constitution? In this video, two-time Lincoln Prize winner, James Oakes, and BRI Senior Teaching Fellow Tony Williams discuss his new book, “The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution.” Oakes explores what role the Constitution played in abolishing slavery and how the Civil War accelerated this process. Why did Lincoln view the Constitution as an anti-slavery document? In what ways were Lincoln’s opinions different from his contemporaries? In what ways were they similar?
“Ar’nt I a Woman?” Sojourner Truth and the Abolitionist Movement | BRIdge from the Past
How can images help us understand the role of African American women in the abolitionist movement? In this episode, Mary explores an image of Sojourner Truth. Born into slavery in New York, she dedicated her life to abolition and equal rights for women and men. How did her famous "Ar'nt I a Woman?" speech convey her life-long commitment to the ideals of liberty and equality? *The source we reviewed used the phrase "Ar'nt I a Woman?" but Sojourner Truth's speech is often also titled "Ain't I a Woman?"