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HARRIET TUBMAN: VISIONS OF FREEDOM and BECOMING FREDERICK DOUGLASS are companion documentary films that accurately depict how enslaved African Americans proactively pursued emancipation, for themselves and others. Demonstrating that no race, gender or social class has a lock on activism, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass masterfully facilitated nationwide societal change. In fact, Tubman and Douglass were fighting the same war, just on different battlefields. Their efforts were undergirded by powerful personality traits the two abolitionists possessed in abundance – Courage and Strength – and ultimately, have created an enduring Legacy for generations of modern students to explore and study.

Use this collection of standards-aligned, media-rich learning interactives and self-paced lessons to:

  • Support student learning in middle and high school classrooms, specifically grades 6-10.
  • Build connections between the past and present, and promote student discovery.
  • Develop historical empathy, historical thinking skills, and social emotional competencies using primary source analysis.
  • Promote self-awareness among students, and build a foundation for taking informed action to address societal inequities.

"There are no two people more important to our country’s history than Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. Their remarkable lives and contributions were a critical part of the 19th century, and their legacies help us understand who we are now as a nation. As a filmmaker, it is an honor to share their stories with a country that continues to grapple with the impact of slavery and debate notions of citizenship, democracy and freedom.

I think that both Frederick Douglass’ and Harriet Tubman’s stories represent courage. First, to escape from enslavement but then, to fight against the enslavement of others. Harriet Tubman had an incredible will and strength, as did Frederick Douglass, through his leadership and his writing. There exists a legacy from both Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass that we all need to know. And we are all made better by knowing."

- Stanley Nelson, Filmmaker