Women in American History: Harriet Tubman

18 Sep 2017

On Monday, September 18, 2017, we kicked off our new lecture series with Mark Albertson.

This series will bring to the fore a number of women who irrevocably changed the political and social dynamics of the modern world. These women made their marks in a variety of venues: political, social, human and civil rights, literature and even aviation. Their contributions to the advancement of modern America, in addition to other women to numerous here to name, are many times forgotten or, if not forgotten, lack the appreciation required by those who truly benefit from their accomplishments and sacrifices.

Week 1: Harriet Tubman

Abolitionist, humanitarian, Union Army spy, armed scout, cook, nurse, suffragette, lecturer, civil rights activist, a remarkable list of accomplishments for one who was born into slavery. A devout Christian, Harriet Tubman was often known for a time as “Moses” due to her courageous actions of slipping into the South to bring out those looking to be free from the bondage of slavery. Following her death, a survey taken at the end of the twentieth century saw this black named as one of the most famous civilians in the history of this Nation, finishing third behind Betsy Ross and Paul Revere.

Can’t make the live event? Check out the video recording at DarienLibrary.tv.

About the Presenter

Mark Albertson is the historical research editor at Army Aviation magazine and is a long-time member of the United States Naval Institute. In addition, Mark teaches history at Norwalk Community College. His courses include: World War I and Iraq: Creation of Colonialism; A History, Vietnam; A History, World War I; The Turning Points of World War II; The Great Patriotic War: The Titanic Clash Between Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union; and American Empire: Grand Republic to Corporate State. In May 2005, Mark was presented with a General Assembly Citation by both houses of the state legislature in Hartford for his effort in commemorating the centennial of battleship Connecticut.

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