Lois Leveen

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April 6, 2012

Definitive Proof the Union Fought Against Slavery


Hmm, I seem to have intermingled my Passover-themed Playmobil and my Civil War Playmobil sets.

Harriet Tubman was called "the Moses of her people," underscoring how important the Exodus story was for many enslaved blacks, and for the free blacks and whites who were inspired to fight against slavery. However, Charlton Heston was never called "the Harriet Tubman of his people."

During her years in slavery, Tubman suffered what today we might call a traumatic brain injury. Some scholars believe that injury led her to have visions--perhaps delusions--of invincibility, which influenced her decisions to return to the South to lead other slaves to freedom. I don't think it detracts any from the bravery of what she did, either during those liberation runs or during the Civil War, when she gathered intelligence and accompanied Union troops on raids into rebelling states.

Happy Passover and Good Friday!
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