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Friday, May 22, 2015

VIOLA DAVIS TO PLAY AMERICAN HERO HARRIET TUBMAN



Girl


Slave

Woman

Chain Breaker

Slave Free-er
People Smuggler

Savior

Spy

Hero

Suffragist
(First Wave Feminism)

Retirement Home Inventor
 (Harriet Tubman Home For The Aged)







Empathetic

Brave

Unstoppable



Viola Davis has big shoes to fill. She's going to play Harriet Tubman for HBO Films. The movie will be based on Harriet Tubman Historian Kate Clifford Larson’s book "Bound for the Promised Land."

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ON THE GAP BETWEEN THE HARRIET'S RAILROAD OF TEXT BOOKS AND THE REAL THING


Texts give students the false impression that the Underground Railroad was a vast, formal system of escape routes, secret signs and safe houses by which fugitive slaves could travel to destinations where slavery no longer existed -- and four of the books contain maps that purport to show this system's trunk lines and branches. The American Journey has two such maps; Free Nation and Pathways and Past and Promise have one map apiece. All the maps are ludicrous. They convey much misinformation, and some of them are so detailed that they resemble diagrams of today's interstate highway system....


The notion that the Underground Railroad had routes which ran throughout the South, and which were manned by kindly Southern abolitionists, is a fiction. To the extent that the Underground Railroad operated at all, it operated in the free states of the North. It was a hazy, informal alliance of Northern abolitionists, many of them free blacks...


Readers who want some reliable information about Tubman should look at two recent books written by historians: Kate Clifford Larson's "Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero" (published in 2004 by Ballantine Books) and Jean M. Humez's Harriet Tubman: The Life and the Life Stories (published in 2003 by the University of Wisconsin Press). Larson presents a detailed, comprehensive biography of Tubman.




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