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Harriet Tubman: A Modern Day Antigone
Transcript of Harriet Tubman: A Modern Day Antigone
Shall we not perish wretchedest of all,
If in defiance of the law we cross
A monarch's will" (49)
A Modern Day Antigone
by Dreena Edillor and Jessica Jafari
Lead Conductor: Harriet Tubman
"When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven.” -Harriet Tubman
Defies Creon's order and gives her brother the right of a proper burial
Buries her brother, knowing the consequences and dies on her own terms
"Proudly his city shall stand; but a cityless outcast rate
Whoso bold in his pride from the path of right doth depart;
Ne'er may I sit by his side, or share the thoughts of his heart." (368)
born as Araminta Harriet Ross in an enslaved family in Maryland in 1820
successfully escaped to Philadelphia in 1849 once her owner died of an illness; other slave owners placed a $300 bounty on her
liberated more than 700 slaves in South Carolina from 1852 - 1857
did not lose one passenger on her 19 trips on the Underground Railroad
after escaping, she decided to continue being a conductor, returning back to the plantation to save her family and plenty more slaves
the Underground Railroad was about a 90 mile travel to Philadelphia
Williams, Scott. "Harriet Tubman Timeline." Harriet Tubman Timeline. The Circle Association, n.d. Web. 15 Oct. 2014. <http://www.math.buffalo.edu/~sww/0history/hwny-tubman.html>.
Her most famous trip concerned a passenger who panicked and wanted to turn back. Tubman was afraid if he left he would be tortured and would tell all he knew about the Railroad. The unwilling passenger changed his mind when Tubman pointed a gun at his head and said "dead folks tell no tales".
Although Harriet Tubman was successful in her efforts, she risked her life and broke several laws, such as the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.
Fugitive Slave Law: All officers and citizens in the North must capture runaway slaves and return them to their plantations, still as a slave.
during the civil war, she then became a spy for the Union
Antigone was caught and given a death sentence. She hung herself, deciding that she'd rather die on her own terms than as punishment for doing something she believes in.
Harriet was aggressive to accomplish what she wanted to accomplish. Aware of the consequences, she devoted her life to help her people be free.
" ...I plead compulsion and entreat
The dead to pardon. I perforce obey
The powers that be. 'Tis foolishness, I ween,
To overstep in aught the golden mean." (49)
In the end, Antigone did what she thought was right for her brother, regardless of what Creon said.
"And if I have to die for this pure crime,/ I am content, for I shall rest beside him;/ His love will answer mine” (72-74).
In the end, Harriet Tubman was a... Humanitarian. Leader. Hero.
Just before Harriet's death in 1913 she told friends and family, "I go to prepare a place for you."
Antigone was satisfied knowing that
her brother was buried respectfully for the underworld god, Hades.
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"Fugitive Slave Act of 1850." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 16 Oct. 2014. Web. 16 Oct. 2014. <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fugitive_Slave_Act_of_1850>.
"Harriet Tubman Facts." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2014. <http://www.pbs.org/black-culture/explore/harriet-tubman/#.VD9XyPldV8E>.
"Harriet Tubman: Humanitarian. Leader. Hero." YouTube. YouTube, 4 Feb. 2013. Web. 16 Oct. 2014. <https://www.youtube.com / watch?v=Tc16uzQZu5g>.
Lewis, Jone J. "Harriet Tubman Quotes: Her Own Words and What Others Say." About. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 Oct. 2014. <http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/quotes/a/qu_h_tubman.htm>.
"Abolition, Anti-Slavery Movements, and the Rise of the Sectional Controversy." African American Odyssey. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2014. <http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/aaohtml/aopart3.html>.
Sophocles, and Paul Roche. The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles; Oedipus the King, Oedipus at Colonus, Antigone. New York: New American Library, 1958. Print.
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