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Harriet Tubman: They Called Her Moses: A Review

Harriet Tubman: They Called Her Mosus directed by Robert Fernandez
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is finally a documentary that I feel like I could recommend to slightly younger audiences (like middle school or maybe older elementary).  It was a pretty straightforward biography of Harriet Tubman, who is pretty well known as a Black history figure.  But there were definitely some things I learned.  It was well-paced, and the narration was dynamic, along with the interviews.

She had a lot of obstacles in her life.  She was hit in the head at 13 which caused her to have seizures and fainting.  She married a free man who refused to run when she was ready to escape.  And she was helped in her escape by Quakers.  She had a strong faith in God.  Christianity empowered her, especially the slave church which was considered an invisible institution. 

There wasn’t any profanity.  There was mention of rapes and brief mention of whippings, but it was pretty tamed compared to other documentaries I’ve watched recently.