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Obama designates five new monuments

Obama designates five new monuments

WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama, using his authority under the Antiquities Act, designated five new national monuments across the United States Monday.

Obama schedule for Monday, March 25

WASHINGTON, March 25 (UPI) -- President Obama speaks at a naturalization ceremony Monday for active duty service members and civilians, the White House said.
Tubman's family attends Tussauds unveiling

Tubman's family attends Tussauds unveiling

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Direct descendants of Harriet Tubman attended the unveiling of a wax likeness of the famed abolitionist at Madame Tussauds in Washington.

'Freedom Train' author Sterling dies at 95

WELLFLEET, Mass., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. author Dorothy Sterling, who wrote some of the first non-fiction works about black history for young readers, has died at 95, her daughter says.

Clinton: Time for party unity

DENVER, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The following is the headliner address Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., gave Tuesday at the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
Springsteen makes N.J. Hall of Fame

Springsteen makes N.J. Hall of Fame

TRENTON, N.J., May 4 (UPI) -- Rock singer Bruce Springsteen is among the New Jersey luminaries chosen as inaugural inductees for the state's Hall of Fame, hall officials say.

Study: History classes shortchange teens

WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- A study released Tuesday found knowledge of history to be lacking among U.S. teenagers, although it isn't entirely the kids' fault.

Jim Crow-era painting travels nationally

NEW YORK, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- A traveling exhibition of paintings depicting the Jim Crow and desegregation eras in the South by a virtually unknown South Carolina black artist is currently touring the nation after preview displays in Washington and New York.

Hollywood digest

MARK YOUR CALENDAR MTV has announced that the second season of "The Osbournes" will premiere on Nov. 26.
PAT NASON, UPI Hollywood Reporter

Jacob Lawrence, American art black master

NEW YORK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Jacob Lawrence, a black artist who was a success story in the white world, once said he documented the African-American struggle for freedom and social justice
Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman (born Araminta Ross; c. 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the American Civil War. After escaping from slavery, into which she was born, she made thirteen missions to rescue over seventy slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage.

As a child in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten and whipped by her various master to whom she had been hired out. Early in her life, she suffered a traumatic head wound when she was hit by a heavy metal weight thrown by an irate overseer, intending to hit another slave. The injury caused disabling seizures, headaches, powerful visionary and dream activity, and spells of hypersomnia which occurred throughout her entire life. A devout Christian, she ascribed her visions and vivid dreams to premonitions from God.

In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Tubman (or "Moses", as she was called) "never lost a passenger". Large rewards were offered for the capture and return of many of the people she helped escape, but no one ever knew it was Harriet Tubman who was helping them. When a far-reaching United States Fugitive Slave Law was passed in 1850, she helped guide fugitives farther north into Canada, and helped newly freed slaves find work.

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