Harriet Tubman: The Woman Behind the Myth | WYPR

Harriet Tubman: The Woman Behind the Myth

May 31, 2016

Harriet Tubman, circa 1885.
Credit H. Seymour Squyer, 1848 - 18 Dec 1905 - National Portrait Gallery

Harriet Tubman will soon replace Andrew Jackson on the 20 dollar bill. Two new national parks, a Maryland state park, an HBO biopic under development. Lately all eyes are on the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductor. But since long before her death, her real life story has been veiled in myth. Did she really rescue 300 enslaved people? Was there a 40,000 dollar reward offered for her capture? Did she actually hold a pistol to the heads of runaway slaves who lost their nerve? Who was Harriet Tubman? We’ll talk with Tubman scholar Kate Clifford Larson about the woman known as the Moses of her people.