Harriet Tubman 's ' Harriet ' Essay

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Lucille Clifton 's "Harriet" poem is one that talks of having the power like great women in history. The three women the narrator is speaking of are Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and the author 's grandmother Lucille or grandmother figure in general, from whom Clifton was named after. This journal will take a look at "Harriet" from an African American multiculturalist theories perspective. This journal will also be seen as autobiographical, meaning the Clifton will be seen as the narrator.
In the poem, there are three sections which start with the name of an influential woman. Clifton uses three women to allude to different events in black history. Dobie calls the material African American artist work black aesthetic (Dobie 221). The first section of the poem is named “harriet” referring to Harriet Tubman and the black history material Clifton is working is slavery and freedom. Tubman was a slave who escaped to freedom but, return to help other slaves escape to freedom. Tubman was a major figure on the Underground Railroad and she would wait by the river for slaves to come to lead them to freedom (Biography.com Editors). The next section is named “isabell” which refers to Isabella Baumfree, formally known as Sojourner Truth, and the black history it speaks of is Woman and African American civil rights. Truth 's impromptu speech "Aint I a Woman?" was given at the Ohio Women 's Right Convention, in 1851. When Truth originally gave the speech in 1851, she was advocating…

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