Harriet Tubman


Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist who had escaped slavery and helped many other slaves escape through the Underground Railroad. She often worked with fellow abolitionist Frederick Douglass, a public speaker and author who, earlier in his life, had also escaped slavery. When Harriet Tubman reached out to Frederick Douglass requesting he speak to her accomplishments for an upcoming book that was soon to be published about her life, he responded with this letter.

Dear Harriet:

i am glad to know that the story of your eventful life has been written by a kind lady, and that the same is soon to be published. You ask for what you do not need when you call upon me for a word of commendation. I need such words from you far more than you can need them from me, especially where your superior labors and devotion to the cause of the lately enslaved of our land are known as I know them. The difference between us is very marked. Most that I have done and suffered in the service of our cause has been in public, and I have received much encouragement at every step of the way. You, on the other hand, have labored in a private way. I have wrought in the day – you in the night. I have had the applause of the crowd and the satisfaction that comes of being approved by the multitude, while the most that you have done has been witnessed by a few trembling, scarred, and foot-sore bondmen and women, whom you have led out of the house of bondage, and whose heartfelt, “God bless you,” has been your only reward. The midnight sky and the silent stars have been the witnesses of your devotion to freedom and of your heroism. Excepting John Brown – of sacred memory – I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have. Much that you have done would seem improbable to those who do not know you as I know you. It is to me a great pleasure and a great privilege to bear testimony for your character and your works, and to say to those to whom you may come, that I regard you in every way truthful and trustworthy.

Your friend,

Frederick Douglass

Which of the following statement BEST express the main idea of Douglass’ letter?

Group of answer choices

a. Tubman made important contributions the abolitionist movement, but they went mostly unrecognized by the public.

b. Frederick Douglass is upset that not more people know about Harriet Tubman and her contributions.

c. Contributions that go unrecognized are more important than those that are recognized and appreciated by the public.

d. Harriet Tubman’s contributions to the abolitionist movement are unparalleled by anyone.

English Tutor Answered question September 6, 2021