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Old 28 August 2008, 07:48 PM
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Soapbox Harriet Tubman (Hillary Clinton version)

Comment: I'm curious about the quote Hillary Clinton attributes to Harriet Tubman
in her speech before the Democratic Convention 8/26 - if you hear the
dogs, keep on going, if you see the torches in the woods, keep on going,
etc. She's been embellishing the quote as time goes on - is there any
basis for it?
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Reading Did Harriet Tubman Really Say That?

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Two scholars say that there is no evidence that Tubman, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, who died in Auburn, N.Y., in 1913, ever said such words. Instead, the passage appears to be a paraphrase of — and perhaps an embellishment upon — a popular expression that has been attributed — without historical basis — to Tubman for decades, perhaps starting with children’s books in the mid-20th century.
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2...ally-say-that/
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Old 28 August 2008, 11:32 PM
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At least it sounds like the kind of thing she might say, as it says in the article. (Better than when they attribute that sunscreen thing to Kurt Vonnegut.) When we were at the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, we were told that rumor had it that she kept a shotgun with her and threatened anyone who wanted to turn back - something along the lines of dead people keeping quiet & not ratting out the underground railroad.
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