Humanitarianism is kindness, benevolence/helpfulness, and sympathy toward others. Humanitarians can inspire others for many reasons. Perhaps they shed light on something that needs or deserves more attention. Perhaps they inspire you to do something in your life that is beneficial to others or even that is helpful or productive in your own life. Whatever the outcome, humanitarians can be inspiring. There are humanitarians that are ranked highly historically.
Harriet Tubman was a African American slave turned Civil War nurse, abolitionist, suffragist, Civil Rights activist, and humanitarian. She was born Araminta Ross in Dorchester County, Maryland. Born into slavery records differ, but many put her birth year as 1822, however some mark the year as 1820 or 1821 or as late as 1825. She had eight siblings. As a child she became a passionate believer in God. She suffered repeated beatings, However a severe head injury when she was hit with a metal object thrown at another slave affected her throughout her life.
Harriet Tubman escaped slavery using the Underground Railroad in 1849 to Philadelphia and then led thirteen rescue missions to lead friends, family, and other slaves to freedom. During the Civil War she worked for the Union Army as a cook, nurse, armed scout, and spy. She is documented as the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war. After the war, she was active in the women’s suffragist movement.
In 1844, she had married a free black man named John Tubman. She adopted the name Harriet, likely to honor her mother, about this time as well. She was given the nickname “Moses” to honor her courage and work escaping slavery and leading others to freedom. When she returned to Dorchester in 1851 she found that her husband John had married another woman.
Over a decade passed as she rescued about 70 slaves on missions using the network of Underground Railroad safehouses. Much of the walking was done at night in rough terrain. During this time, there was a reward for her capture. She carried a revolver and donned disguises at times to evade capture.
Harriet Tubman later in life purchased a home in Auburn, New York.She worked odd jobs and helped others in need. She met, fell in love, and married Nelson Davis in 1869. In 1874, they adopted a girl named Gertie.
Harriet Tubman is famous for her life and work. She has inspired many African Americans, women, and others. She has been celebrated and honored in many ways and continues to be celebrated and inspire many individuals. Be inspired! Have a bright day!