Spreading Good News (Post 558 – WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Harriet Ross Tubman – Herione to Many)

The goal of Spreading Good News is for readers to:

GET INSPIRED and/or GET MOTIVATED and/or GET INFORMED and/or GET AWE-STRUCK and/or GET A BREAK FROM ALL THE NEGATIVE NEWS and to tell readers about our good, short books and our online store.












The Candle-Lighter Award and the Sunshine Award

Thank you very much to www.living4bliss.wordpress.com for presenting me with the Candle-Lighter Award and the Sunshine Award.  I truly appreciate the recognition!

Both of these awards are for a blog or post that is positive and brings light into the world.

I started this “Good News” blog in July 2010 because I was tired of and disgusted by all the negative news and information.  I wanted to give people positive news and information.  I’m having a great time looking for, receiving, and posting these pieces!  Stay tuned!!

RULES for the Candle-Lighter Award

Whenever you see a blog or post you think brightens the world, give the blogger the Candle-Lighter Award.

Recipients can accept or decline. What does the recipient have to do?  Simply accept and nothing more!  You can paste this image on your blog, if you wish, and you are done!  If you wish to honor someone else with a Candle, pass it on, anytime and as many times and to as many people as you wish.

Come on and help me brighten up all our lives!



We all should know more about the contributions that women have made in order to make this world a better place.

In honor of “Women’s History Month,” I will be Spreading Good News with frequent posts of informative, educational, entertaining pieces about the contributions and accomplishments of women.

I hope you enjoy this piece!

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH:  Harriet Ross Tubman, Heroine to Many

Harriet Ross Tubman (Araminta “Minty” Harriet Ross) was born around 1820 into slavery in Maryland. She was the fifth of nine children of Harriet Green and Benjamin Ross, who were both slaves. As a young girl, Harriet was beaten by her masters often and this left scars on her back that stayed a lifetime.

And while working in the fields, she was almost killed by a blow to the head when an angry overseer threw an iron weight at her. The weight was really meant for another slave, and this injury caused her a lifetime of headaches and seizures. In 1844 she married John Tubman, a free black man and they had no children.

In 1849, when her original slave owner died, there were rumors that Harriet and her family may be sold off to another family in order to pay off his debts. Harriet decided to pursue her own freedom, and she did this by going on the Underground Railroad with black and white helpers who gave her instructions, and she eventually landed in Philadelphia.

While in Philadelphia she worked a number jobs which included domestic work and as a cook. Harriet also saved as much money as she could and after this made between 11 and 13 trips back to Maryland to get her relatives and fellow slaves. She brought them to New York and even Canada.

Harriet Tubman performed this act of courage at night to avoid being caught by slave catchers who often received huge rewards for bringing fugitive slaves back to their masters. It was also during this time that she became friends with black abolitionist Frederick Douglass.

In a letter about Harriet Tubman, he stated, “The difference between us is marked. Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public, and I have received encouragement every step of the way. You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way. I have wrought in the day, you in the night. The midnight sky and silent stars have been the witnesses of your devotion to freedom and of your heroism…” Harriet Tubman freed 300 slaves altogether during her trips between the Underground Railroad and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

In addition to her work on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman also worked for the Union forces as a spy during the Civil War. From 1862 to 1865 she washed the clothes and cooked for Union soldiers, and she made the Union soldiers aware of certain areas where the Confederate soldiers were stationed and as a result Colonel James Montgomery attacked those areas.

But after the Civil War, she was paid very little for her efforts and she suffered financially in her remaining years although she received a small pension. Her first husband John Tubman was killed and she then married Nelson Davis in Auburn, New York. She remained there and she spent the rest of her life fighting for women’s rights in America until her death in 1913.

It’s important to understand Harriet Tubman’s heroic efforts against the backdrop of what life was like for African-American women in the 19th century. A large majority of them were slaves, and they not only struggled to complete necessary tasks for their white slave owners’ families, but they also struggled to care for their own families.

This was difficult to do because they devoted so much time to the care of their masters’ families that they didn’t have much energy left for their own families. To add to this stress, African-American women in the 19h century constantly faced the threat of sexual and physical assaults from slave owners.

Since black male slaves had no real control over their families, the African-American women during this era often felt helpless. Then they also feared the separation of themselves from their families due to sales by their owners. For African American women who worked in the fields, the tasks were tiresome and if they were pregnant, they still had to perform their tasks.

In some cases, pregnant slaves experienced beatings from their masters. And for African American women who worked in the masters’ homes, they too had to deal with cruelty and unfair treatment. If they made the slightest mistakes, the mistresses of the house often became physically violent towards them.

However, not all slave women resigned themselves to a lifetime of oppression. There’s Sojourner Truth, a woman who spoke out on not only the unfairness of slavery, but the necessity of women’s rights in America. And then we have Harriet Tubman one of the most famous women in history, who made it possible for not just female slaves, but also slave men and children to permanently leave their confined existences and enjoy freedom for once in their lives. She risked her own life and imprisonment to gain freedom for others, and it was this selflessness that makes her a true hero in the American storybook of courage and compassion.

There is a secret you don’t know …

There is a secret of enormous magnitude that must come out publicly. And that secret is that Harriet Tubman once wrote a novel titled Invasion of the Zombie Kittens, but never submitted it for publication.


What are your thoughts on this piece?


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http://www.thebirkineffect.com  Musings of a “want it all” 21st century woman

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http://www.pennilessparenting.com  A rich life on minimum wage.  Plus fabulous, healthful recipes!

http://www.rumpydog.com  I’m a dog with a unique perspective on human life.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of 10 books (mostly non-fiction)--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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10 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 558 – WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH: Harriet Ross Tubman – Herione to Many)

  1. Zombie kittens, eh? With the stress she endured, the trails she blazed and all of her accomplishments, I’m sure writing fiction was a creative outlet and a stress reliever.

  2. living4bliss says:

    Slavery was such a travesty among our people. The effects are still being felt in today’s African-American communities.

    We still carry with us some of those angry negative attitudes toward our men that were embedded in us during slave times. Because our men could not protect us, we had no choice but to try to protect ourselves and our children. Many of us think that our men cannot protect us now and we engage in emasculating talk and behaviors toward our men that had its roots in slavery.

    Perhaps educating ourselves in this area and becoming aware will help to turn it around. These articles are a great way to start.

  3. living4bliss says:

    I meant just follow where ever He leads and don’t worry about knowing where. You’ll end up exactly where you are supposed to be.

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