Sernett on History News Network

9780822340522 Milton C. Sernett, author of Harriet Tubman: Myth, Memory, and History, has written an op-ed for the History News Network. Sernett writes that for many Americans, Tubman is synonymous with Black History Month and yet most Americans really do not know very much about the historical Tubman. He concludes, "Tubman has led a double life in the American memory—as self and symbol. Unfortunately, the symbolic or iconic use of Tubman has overpowered our appreciation and understanding of her as a historical figure. . . . Carter G. Woodson set a high standard for what is now being called “black history” when he fought for recognition of the second week of February as “Negro History Week.” We honor him and Harriet Tubman by continuing to search for and tell the story of the woman behind the myth."

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