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Harriet Tubman

Geburtstag: 1820
Todesdatum: 10. März 1913

Harriet Tubman war die bekannteste afroamerikanische Fluchthelferin der Hilfsorganisation Underground Railroad, die von etwa 1849 bis zum Ende des Sezessionskrieges entlaufenen Sklaven half, aus den Südstaaten in die Nordstaaten der USA oder nach Kanada zu fliehen.

Harriet Tubman spielte eine außergewöhnliche Rolle während des Abolitionismus. Nachdem sie im Jahr 1849 selbst erfolgreich der Sklaverei entflohen war, kehrte sie unter dem Codenamen Moses mehrfach in die Südstaaten zurück, um anderen Sklaven auf ihrer Flucht behilflich zu sein. Im Sezessionskrieg arbeitete sie neben ihrer Tätigkeit als Krankenschwester und Köchin als Kundschafterin für die Nordstaaten. In ihren späteren Lebensjahren engagierte sie sich in der Frauenbewegung.

Nach ihrem Tod geriet Harriet Tubman weitgehend in Vergessenheit, zählt jedoch heute in den USA zu den bekannten historischen Persönlichkeiten. Dazu haben unter anderem zahlreiche Kinderbücher beigetragen, die seit den 1960er Jahren erschienen sind und ihr Leben teils dramatisch überzeichnen. Wikipedia

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„I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was on of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive.“

—  Harriet Tubman

Modernized rendition: I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.
The phrase "" is a slogan made famous during the independence struggle of several countries.
1880s, Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886)
Variante: There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would take the other, for no man should take me alive. I should fight for liberty as long as my strength lasted.
Kontext: I had reasoned dis out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have de oder; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when de time came for me to go, de Lord would let dem take me.

„Oh, Lord! You've been wid me in six troubles, don't desert me in the seventh!“

—  Harriet Tubman

Modernized rendition: Oh, Lord! You've been with me in six troubles, don't desert me in the seventh!
1880s, Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886)

„I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more if only they knew they were slaves.“

—  Harriet Tubman

Attributed to Tubman in Dorothy Winbush Riley, My Soul Looks Back 'Less I Forget https://books.google.com/books?id=KpcLAQAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22c.+1865%22 p. 148 (1993). Riley gives a date of "c. 1865" but offers no citation. No source from earlier than 1993 is known. Quoted in Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience (1999) by Henry Louis Gates and Kwame Anthony Appiah, p. 299. Tubman specialists like Jean H. Humez and Kate Clifford Larson deem this one completely spurious. See "Bogus Tubman," by Steve Perisho http://liberlocorumcommunium.blogspot.com/2014/03/bogus-tubman-i-freed-thousands-of.html.<!-- Someone cited this as being in Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886) by Sarah H. Bradford, but it does not occur in the editions available online. -->
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Variante: I freed thousands of slaves. I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.

„Children, if you are tired, keep going; if you are hungry, keep going; if you want to taste freedom, keep going.“

—  Harriet Tubman

"Harriet Tubman never said this — it comes from one of the scores of juvenile Harriet Tubman fictionalized biographies." — Kate Larson, Harriet Tubman biographer.
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„I looked at my hands, to see if I was de same person now I was free. Dere was such a glory over everything, de sun came like gold trou de trees, and over de fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.“

—  Harriet Tubman

On realizing that she had passed out of the slavery states into the northern states
Modernized rendition: I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything. The sun came up like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.
1880s, Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886)

„I love all of the african americans like they are my children.“

—  Harriet Tubman

"African american" seems an ananchronistic term here, as the term was seldom used before the 1970s.
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„I can't die but once.“

—  Harriet Tubman

As quoted in The Underground Railroad (1987) by Charles L. Blockson

„I had reasoned dis out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have de oder; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when de time came for me to go, de Lord would let dem take me.“

—  Harriet Tubman

Modernized rendition: I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.
The phrase "Liberty or Death" is a slogan made famous during the independence struggle of several countries.
1880s, Harriet, The Moses of Her People (1886)

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