Discussion of the Harriet Tubman Exhibit

Discussionof the Harriet Tubman Exhibit

Discussionof the Harriet Tubman Exhibit

TheNational Women History’s Museum (NWHM) online exhibit “HarrietTubman” enhances understanding of the history of the civil rightsmovement, because it explains how Harriet Tubman strived to achievethe freedom and liberty of slaves and women. Civil rights movementsare important in protecting the freedom and liberty of all people inthe society. Tubman strongly believed that all people have the rightto either have liberty or experience death. She used her position inthe society as a conductor to secure the freedom of slaves bytransporting them to the North (National Women’s History Museum,2016).

Thetopic of the exhibit “Harriet Tubman” illustrates an importantperson in the history of the United States. Tubman was an AfricanAmerican woman who worked on the Underground Railroad. She waspassionate about equality in the American society. Before the CivilWar, women and African Americans were not given proper recognitionand respect in the community. Most African Americans worked as slavesin the southern states. Women were not given sufficient opportunityto engage in important national events for example, voting, militaryservice, and leadership. Tubman strived to ensure social equality byleading the struggle for slave freedom and women rights (Gilson,2016). The exhibit gives an account of racial and gender inequalitiesbefore, during, and after the American Civil War. One of the keyfactors that influenced the Civil War is the abolition of slavery.Tubman supported the Union Army by providing nursing services andintelligence (National Women’s History Museum, 2016).

Tubmanfaced many challenges in her quest to ensure race and gender equalityin the American community. She risked her life by organizing theescape of slaves in the slave-holding states. Facilitating slaveescape in the slave-holding states was illegal. The Union Army gaveher the dangerous responsibility of collecting intelligenceinformation in the southern states (Gilson, 2016). The punishment fora spy was very severe during the Civil War. Many spies were capturedas prisoners of war, tortured, and even killed. Tubman separated fromher family because of her desire to have freedom. In 1849, she ranaway from the plantation because she did not want to be sold. Herhusband, John Tubman, refused to follow her. Her brothers alsodeclined to follow her. She got her freedom in Philadelphia. However,she later returned to Maryland to organize the freedom of her familymembers and friends (National Women’s History Museum, 2016).

Theexhibit provides sufficient information on the role of women ininfluencing positive change in the American society. During theslavery period, brave women fought for the equal treatment of allpeople in America. Tubman used her knowledge of the slave-holdingstates and the Underground Railroad network to facilitate the escapeand travel of slaves to the free North (National Women’s HistoryMuseum, 2016). During the Civil War, women like Tubman offeredimportant nursing services that improved the recovery of the injuredsoldiers. The women also provided intelligence information thatensured the success of the Union Army. Women who contributepositively to the society are honored. The United States militaryawarded her war efforts by making her the first black woman to get$20 monthly pension (Gilson, 2016).

TheHarriet Tubman exhibit is a good resource for learners who want toresearch about women history in the United States and globally. Womentook active roles in fighting against social inequalities such asslavery. The Union Army success in the Civil War was greatlyinfluenced by the important intelligence and nursing servicesprovided by women like Tubman.


Gilson,C. (2016). “Frontrunners win in New York, Harriet Tubman to go onthe $20, and could Facebook tilt the election? US national blogroundup for 16–22 April.” USApp–American Politics and Policy Blog.

NationalWomen’s History Museum. (2016). Harriet Tubman. Retrieved from https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/beta/u/0/exhibit/GwIC_10DOod5KA