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Harriet Tubman
Capitalizing on Harriet
Capitalizing on Harriet

In case you missed it, Harriet Tubman has suddenly gotten hot. Call it what you will, but she's trending, she's page view bait, she's tweet-able, which is the best kind of hot these days. Not bad for an escaped slave from Dorchester County and courageous Underground Railroad pioneer who would have turned a youthful 193 in March. For generations, the onetime Civil War spy and nurse, suffragist and civil rights activist was just another dry entry in the history books, someone kids had to learn about, recall for a U.S. history test or Black History Month celebration and then discard like so many factoids. But somewhere along the line, her life story proved too compelling to...