Who was Harriet Tubman?
This article was inspired when I heard a powerful song called Wade in the water and decided to investigate it's origins.
- Wade in the water.
- Significant meaning to Slaves.
- Beaten hanged or shot.
- Escaped slave leads dozens to freedom.
Wade in the water.
Wade in the water,
wade in the water children,
wade in the water
God's gonna trouble ,
There are many meanings behind those lyrics and to my astonishment, very meaningful ones. The song not only relates to the old and new testaments but also have significant meanings in the escape of slaves during slavery. The version behind it in the old testament's meaning relates to the Israelite's escape from Egypt but the meaning of the song in the new testament reflects, an angel coming down to touch the waters, "troubling" it and whomsoever was the first to step in would be made whole.
Significant meaning to Slaves.
In the days of slavery it was important for slaves to have communication between each other. The slaves used this song to tell each other that they should not use the path way but rather the river to escape.This is the reason they sang this song with hidden messages in it.
Beaten hanged or shot.
The slaves had to be careful to the extreme because if caught, they would be beaten mercilessly, hanged ,or even shot.
Escaped slave leads dozens to freedom.
Harriet Tubman was a runaway slave who lead a lot of runaway slaves to freedom. She was dubbed "Moses" because of her heroism and bravery. Through underground railways they fled at night. Many large rewards were offered for the return of runaway slaves. Harriet Tubman was a devout Christian that had vivid dreams and visions that she claimed were revelations from god. She later became a Civil war nurse. Harriet Tubman is henceforth known as a slave, Civil war nurse, suffragist and Civil Rights activist.