Harriet Tubman Hand Puppet


Harriet Tubman, (1820 – 1913) conductor for the Underground Railroad, nurse, military scout, and Union spy, was born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland, in 1820. The day of her birth was not recorded by her owner. Her owner gave Harriet a serious blow to the head which caused seizures for the rest of her life. Harriet escaped from the South in 1849 and returned the following year to bring more slaves north. In all she made nineteen trips south to bring slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. After the passage of the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, Tubman took slaves on to Canada. She was determined to not lose any “passengers.” Because of her strict leadership John Brown called her “General” Tubman. She was so successful at guiding fugitives that she earned the name “Moses of her People”. For this reason, Tubman had a   $40,000 bounty for her capture offered by angry slaveholders. During the Civil War, Tubman served the Union Army as a nurse, laundress, and spy along the coast in South Carolina. After the war, Sarah Elizabeth Bradford wrote Tubman’s account of her life, called Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman . Harriet used the money from the biography to purchase land in Auburn, New York, to provide a home for aged ex-slaves and build an infirmary. William Seward, abolitionist and Secretary of State under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson, had arranged the sale of his land to her when it was still illegal to treat African-Americans as citizens of the United States. Tubman lived in Auburn from 1865 to her death March 10, 1913. Tubman’s “business trips” along the Underground Railroad brought her to Peterboro. Tubman felt safe, supported, and welcomed by the Smith family. She also came for personal visits. During one visit Gerrit Smith’s son Greene, noting Harriet’s lack of adequate shoes, delayed his plans to go to purchase footwear for her. In a letter to his wife Ann on January 29, 1861, Gerrit Smith wrote from his Land Office, “Harriet Tubman sits by my side. I have just written to Sanborn for her.”Eco-Brazil Corp. is dedicated to offering products from other cultures in an effort to increase understanding and communication with these cultures. We provide information with the products that we hope will be both entertaining and thought-provoking. We believe that learning should be fun, and that toys can be an excellent vehicle for transmitting knowledge.  We hope these puppets will stimulate an interest in history and the struggle for freedom.

We assist local artisans with product development and access to the international market. We believe that protecting the biodiversity of our environment and supporting peoples at the local level are extremely important for the future of our planet. Although the task is enormous, if many people take small steps, there is a chance for success.

We would like these thoughts to "echo" throughout the world.




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