Who Was the "Real" Harriet Tubman?

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Slaveholder Andrew Jackson will be replaced on the $20 bill by Harriet Tubman, the former slave turned abolitionist. But how much do Americans know about her?

Harriet Tubman, c. 1895

Susan B. Anthony has been on a $1 coin, but Harriet Tubman will be the first black woman to appear on American currency. Her face will replace Andrew Jackson's on the $20 bill. Who was Harriet Tubman, and who was she not? Kate Clifford Larson, author of Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero, separates the myths from the reality.




Warren Olney