Solidarity Membership - Harriet Tubman Level
"I grew up like a neglected weed—ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it... I've heard Uncle Tom's Cabin read, and I tell you Mrs. Stowe's pen hasn't begun to paint what slavery is as I have seen it at the far South. I've seen de real thing, and I don't want to see it on no stage or in no theater... I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can say what most conductors can't say; I never ran my train off the track and I never lost a passenger."
We stand on the shoulders of giants!
The incomparable Harriet Tubman, known as the "Moses of her People," not only escaped from slavery herself, but returned South time and again to rescue her family and many others besides. Despite a having several bounties on her head, she made an astonishing 19 trips back across the Mason-Dixon line and led an estimated 300 or more slaves through the Underground Railroad to freedom in the Northern states and Canada, helping them to establish themselves with work and accommodation. In the years before the Civil War, she worked alongside militant abolitionists such as Frederick Douglass and John Brown. Once war broke out, she served as a Union scout and spy, and was the first woman to lead a Union military expedition, during the famous 1863 raid on the Combahee Ferry in South Carolina, which freed more than 750 slaves. She also worked closely with Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Massachusetts, the first black regiment organized during the Civil War, in the days before the fateful and heroic assault on Fort Wagner. After the war, she moved to Upstate New York and remained a tireless fighter for the rights of former slaves and women. She passed away in 1913, a living hero from an earlier age.
Harriet Tubman Level Solidarity Member benefits:
One-year subscription to Socialist Appeal, an IMT T-Shirt, and a copy of What Is Marxism? Just send a note when you check out to indicate what size and color T-Shirt you would like us to send (red or white). Thank you for your support!