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現代ではHarriet Tubmanの功績を否定する人は少ないでしょうが、ほんの100年前の扱いはそうではなかったようです。ニューよくタイムズの訃報はたったの2パラグラフだったとか。訃報を大事にする英米メディアでは明らかに小物扱いです。

Tubman’s In. Jackson’s Out. What’s It Mean?
By JENNIFER SCHUESSLER, BINYAMIN APPELBAUM and WESLEY MORRIS APRIL 20, 2016


Harriet Tubman died in 1913 (two-paragraph New York Times obituary right here! Two paragraphs.), but her legacy endures. Her legacy is typing a third of this conversation. But ought there be a degree of catching up? For instance, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who died in 1902, is deserving of more than the possible “Avengers” treatment Treasury apparently has planned for suffragists.

こちらの記事でその訃報を紹介してくれています。語数は132語なのでTOEICでも少ない部類です。

8 Things Harriet Tubman's Obituary Writer Forgot to Include
By Anna Swartz April 20, 2016

Wednesday's news that Harriet Tubman would be replacing former President Andrew Jackson on the front of the $20 bill has launched the abolitionist hero back into the spotlight.
With Tubman about to be honored by having her face in Americans' wallets, it's easy to think that this is just another in what must have been a long string of honors for a much-lauded star of American history. But, the truth is, when Tubman died in her 90s in 1913, her death merited only a 132-word obituary on page nine of the New York Times — and a significant amount of the space is devoted to naming her male contemporaries.
Harriet Tubman Davis, an ex-slave, known as the "Moses of her people," who before the civil war took 300 slaves to Canada through her "underground railroad," died on Monday night at the home she founded for aged and indigent negroes at Auburn, N.Y. She was said to be 98 years old, and her death was caused by pneumonia.

Harriet Tubman Davis was esteemed by such men as Ralph Waldo Emerson, William Lloyd Garrison, Phillips Brooks, Horace Mann, Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith and John Brown, while on the other hand planters and slave owners offered rewards of from $12,000 to $40,000 for her capture during the fifties, at the time when she was taking slaves out of the United States. She had served as scout, nurse and spy in the Union Army.


昨日取り上げたThe Birth of a Nationの映画は1915年に上映されたそうですから同時代ですね。もちろん時代のせいにして免責するつもりはないですが、そういう風潮だったのは確かなようです。
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