On this day in 1849, Harriet Tubman escaped from her owners and a life of slavery, subsequently helping to free hundreds of others, altering the course of U.S. history and inspiring countless others to embrace the universal rights of all human beings.
read more here: http://nyhistory.com/harriettubman/life.htm
Happy Birthday to anti-imperialist Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835.
As Twain told the New York Herald in October of 1900, after becoming more familiar with the Treaty of Paris and witnessing the U.S. war on the Philippines: “so I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land.”
Here’s a fascinating photo of USDA botanist Lyster Dewey, with his Arlington Farm hemp crop, on the site of what will later be the Pentagon.
photo courtesy of the Hemp Industries Association