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A “carte-de-visite” photograph shows a young Harriet Tubman seated in an interior room. The photo dates from approximately 1868-69 and is jointly owned by the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the Library of Congress. Photo/Benjamin F. Powelson via Wikimedia Commons

 

Faith made Harriet Tubman fearless as she rescued slaves

By Robert Gudmestad
Millions of people voted in an online poll in 2015 to have the face of Harriet Tubman on the US$20 bill. But many might not have known the story of her life as chronicled in a recent film, “Harriet.”
Harriet Tubman worked as a slave, spy and eventually as an abolitionist. What I find most fascinating, as a historian of American slavery, is how belief in God helped Tubman remain fearless, even when she came face to face with many challenges. (Read the full article on The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/faith-made-harriet-tubman-fearless-as-she-rescued-slaves-127592)

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Forty days (and more) without plastic

By Linda Brooks
In the past, I usually didn’t give up anything for Lent mainly because of what I heard other people giving up — Facebook, favorite TV shows, cigarettes, beer. Somehow giving up what could be considered a “luxury” of our modern life didn’t seem to make much sense in the way of sacrifice and soul-searching.
But last year was different. It seemed like the whole world was on fire and there was nothing I could do as one individual that would make any difference.

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