Friday, March 18, 2011

Rebellious Women (No, not Edna)


Margie: I recall the first time I ever read about the Underground Railroad. The story fascinated me then and continues to do so today.

On September 17, 1849, Harriet and her brothers Ben and Henry escaped from slavery.  Her brothers were afraid so they went back and forced her to go with them.

She soon escaped again,without her brothers,and made use of the Underground Railroad in her escape.  This wasn't a real railroad, but an "underground" network of white abolitionists, and free and escaped blacks who would provide help and shelter to runaway slaves.

When the Civil War occurred, Harriet worked for the Union Army as a cook and a nurse.  She was also an armed scout and a spy.  She was the first woman ever to lead an armed expedition in the war.  She liberated more than seven hundred slaves by guiding the raid on Combahee River.  

See more rebellious ladies here.


Nicki said...

Thanks for the post! She was an extraordinary woman to say the least!

RNSANE said...

She was definitely a lady who could multi-task!

I think the three of us are pretty rebellious women!

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