Harriet Brings History and Inspiration to the Screen

Harriet Review
Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman in HARRIET, a Focus Features release. Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features

When you were learning history you may had a lesson about Harriet Tubman. If you’re like most of us, you learned she was a former slave that helped on the Underground Railroad. But with how deep her story went, and what she actually achieved – that brief blip in our history books doesn’t delve into the impact she actually made on our history and that of thousands of others.

I want to be free or die


The film starts later in the life of Araminta Ross, a slave that goes by the name of Minty. Married to a free man that lives near her plantation, she’s fed up and wants the freedom she was promised to her family. When her owners refuse to give her the freedom, she does the only thing she can think of to do – run.

Making the treacherous journey, Minty finds her way to Philadelphia where she starts a new life and find a new journey. She takes a new name, Harriet Tubman and starts living the life she is called to do.

I don’t know if you know how miraculous this is – you travelled 100 miles to freedom

William Still

Harriet tells her story from a first hand perspective as she goes from living in slavery to adjusting to her life as a free woman. As well as her journey and work on the Underground Railroad. As she returns to her plantation several times as well as others to free people in slavery – even putting her own life at risk.

Don’t tell me what I can’t do. God was watching, but my feet were my own


There are parts of the story that will make you flinch and cringe when you see the violence that is inflicted on the slaves, and the language used towards them. It shows you how divided the country was, how turbulent is was for anyone of color and what was actually happened. It’s a time in history that we learn briefly about, and learn about in the most broad terms. But seeing it unfold on the screen in front of you gives you a touch of what actually happened.

I would give every last drop of blood in my veins to free them


The story is not only heart breaking, but powerful and inspirational all at the same time. It shows you just how strong of a woman Harriet Tubman was after all she endured. And you will find yourself inspired by her determination and courage throughout the whole journey. You’ll find out more about her story and what other amazing things she achieved in her life.

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About Harriet:

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, HARRIET tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes.  Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.


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