(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

[Points of history are from the point of view presented in the film.] In the new biopic HARRIET, Tubman goes from being an uneducated slave girl to being a fighter and strategist, an action hero, a warrior, and a rhetorician. In a matter of only a few months she escapes from the plantation where she is, walks over a hundred miles of slave territory, and organizes a raid on her old plantation to free some of her family left behind in her first escape. Her raids eventually liberated in all hundreds of slaves. Her knowledge of the safest routes saved hundreds of lives. One of the more interesting aspects of the film is how church music and sermons in some cases encouraged the slaves to cooperate with their so-called masters and some sermons encouraged reaching for freedom. Rating: high +2 (-4 to +4) or 8/10

					Mark R. Leeper
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