Following Harriet

Introducing 'Following Harriet'

Episode Summary

“Following Harriet” is a podcast that takes a closer look at the life of Harriet Tubman, one of the bravest and most extraordinary women in our country’s history. Through interviews with leading historians, educators and even the director of the upcoming Focus Features film Harriet, it puts the American icon in a broader context and examines the 19th Century experience of African Americans, especially in Virginia. New episodes start October 22, 2019. Visit Virginia.org/Harriet for more info.

Episode Notes

Most people first met Harriet Tubman in a black and white photo in a textbook. We all read a couple paragraphs about how she was a conductor in the Underground Railroad. She saved the lives of people attempting to flee from slavery.

That was it. That was the end of the story we got. But Harriet Tubman was so much more than that. She was a wife and mother, an entrepreneur, a soldier, a spy, a nurse and an activist who fought for women’s right to vote.

“Following Harriet” is a podcast that takes a closer look at the life of Harriet, one of the bravest and most extraordinary women in our country’s history. Through interviews with leading historians, educators and even the director of the upcoming Focus Features film Harriet, it puts the American icon in a broader context and examines the 19th Century experience of African Americans, especially in Virginia.

New episodes start October 22, 2019.

If you’d like to learn more about visiting places that tell the story of Harriet Tubman, The Underground Railroad and the 19th Century African American experience, especially in the state of Virginia, go to www.Virginia.org/Harriet.

This trailer features historians Catherine Clinton, the Denman Chair of American History at the University of Texas in San Antonio and author of Harriet Tubman: Road to Freedom as well as Erica Armstrong Dunbar, the Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History at Rutgers University and author of She Came to Slay: The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman.

“Following Harriet” is a production from INGREDIENT with Tanya Ott as the writer and director and Tanner Latham as executive producer.

Episode Transcription

Most people first met Harriet Tubman in a black and white photo in a textbook. We all read a couple paragraphs about how she was a conductor in the Underground Railroad. She saved the lives of people attempting to flee from slavery.

That was it. That was the end of the story we got. But Harriet Tubman was so much more than that.

_Catherine Clinton: She guided Union boats up the river and she moved from port-to-port, from place to place along the river bank, where the enslaved people could come and be rescued and be taken to freedom. _

Erica Dunbar: You know, this is one of the moments that most people who think they know anything about Tubman they're like wait a minute. She fought for the union?

She was a wife and mother, an entrepreneur, a soldier, spy, nurse and an activist who fought for women’s right to vote.

Catherine Clinton: She was a woman of action while there were many men of words during the antebellum period.

I’m Celeste Headlee, and this is “Following Harriet.” It’s a podcast that takes a closer look at the life of one of the bravest and most extraordinary women in our country’s history. It puts Harriet in a broader context, examining the 19th Century experience of African Americans, especially in Virginia.

On October 22nd, you’ll be able to follow Harriet. Follow her life and story, follow the example she set.

Subscribe to “Following Harriet” wherever you get your podcasts or visit www.Virginia.org/Harriet to learn more.