Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Harriet Tubman

This week we are continuing to learn about the Underground Railroad, by focusing on Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave, who returned to the south to lead around 300 other slaves to freedom, earning her the name of "Moses".
We watched this movie about Harriet Tubman.

Harriet Tubman was later able to say about her days as a "conductor" on the underground railroad,
"I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger."

Our bedtime story for this week is The Last Safe House:

For music this week, we are learning to sing "Wade in the Water" a song that Harriet Tubman sang as a reminder to the escaping slaves she was helping, that wading in water would erase their scent and throw the dogs, used by search parties and slave hunters, off their tracks.

Blaze was really impressed with the strange things these guys can do with their voices:

Wade in the Water (Lyrics)

Wade in the water,
Wade in the water children.
Wade in the water
God’s gonna trouble the water

Who’s all those children all dressed in Red?
God’s gonna trouble the water.
Must be the ones that Moses led.
God’s gonna trouble the water.


What are those children all dressed in White?
God’s gonna trouble the water.
Must be the ones of the Israelites.
God’s gonna trouble the water.


Who are these children all dressed in Blue?
God’s gonna trouble the water.
Must be the ones that made it through.
God’s gonna trouble the water.



We may revisit Harriet Tubman during future history lessons, because her heroism didn't end with the underground railroad. She went on to serve as a nurse and spy during the Civil War.

A final quote by Harriet Tubman:
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world. "


Dawn said...

Harriet Tubman is such a fascinating, heroic lady...what a fun person to study!

Tammy said...

Learning about Harriet Tubman made quite an impression on my 2 oldest daughters. Funny how often she comes up in conversations around here at my house. I bet she is mentioned for some reason or another at least every other month.

Val in the Rose Garden said...

What a great study! I can't wait until we get to American History. It really is my favorite.


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