Essay about The Legacy Of Harriet Tubman

1643 Words Dec 10th, 2015 7 Pages
Harriet Tubman was one of America’s very first civil rights activists, escorting 300 of the estimated 60,000 slaves that escaped the iron grips of slavery. These missions made her one of America’s most iconic heroes. In her time period, this was a title unheard of for women and blacks, making this an achievement especially astounding for Tubman. The influence she built through many efforts in the fields of equality dissipated through America and contributed to a fight that paved the way for the enduring and current struggle against racial oppression still in the country today. The legacy of Harriet Tubman first begins with the establishment of Jamestown in 1619 when ships mainly from the African west coast brought the first generation of enslaved Africans to America. From this, slave codes that “made blacks and their children the property (or ‘chattels’) for life of their white masters” arose (Kennedy, 72). Slavery continued within America until 1865 when the thirteenth amendment (which declared slavery illegal) was ratified and deeply rooted white supremacy into American soil, fueling segregation, racism, oppression and terrorism against black Americans for centuries. In the span of 246 years, millions of blacks were enslaved some by birth while others by trade. Of these millions, Tubman’s parents, Ben Ross and Harriet Green are included.
Despite living on the same plantation, Tubman’s parents belonged to different owners, Green and five of their children (including…

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