Can you guess what location this describes?
“These environments were hostile in so many ways for a person who may or may not have had shoes on, or warm clothing, or a place to sleep. They had to really hide themselves in bushes and marshes. It’s incredible what they were able to do to survive.”
Vietnam? Africa maybe? How about the United States of America, somewhere before the Civil War when Harriet Tubman was running slaves in the Antebellum South on the underground railroad to freedom in the North.
You’ve likely heard about Tubman, but odds are you have no idea how her Christian faith was the key to understanding her passion for liberating slaves and the amazing courage she repeatedly displayed in doing so.
“Harriet” opened in theaters Friday and it is, according to Josh Shepherd of The Federalist, is one of those rare movies that is solidly grounded in and relays historical fact about its subject.
Definitely worth seeing, both because Tubman’s story is too-little known by the American populace and because it is such a compelling portrayal of faith in action.
As Shepherd explains, there is no sugar-coating the reality of either slavery or Tubman’s faith:
“From its opening scenes of an outdoor black church service (held under the watchful eyes of slaveowners), to its final line echoing the words of Christ, ‘Harriet’ emphasizes religion as foundational to Tubman’s story. This focus echoes [biographer Kate Clifford] Larson’s 432-page tome on Tubman.
“’As a historian, it’s hard to be objective about faith because it’s very personal,’ said Larson. ‘Since I could not interview Tubman for the biography, I can just go on the words she spoke about her faith and how it guided her. It preserved her. It protected her. It soothed her. It was a source of strength and mystery — and truly defines her.’
“‘Yet the film does not shy away from how those in power also used the Bible. Her master said, ‘When you read about obeying the Lord, think of me as your lord,’ said Crenshaw. ‘It kind of tainted religion a little bit. Yet she always carried her Bible and hymnal for most of her life.'”