EGYPT’S LAND follows the life of Harriet Tubman (Araminta Ross) as she tries to procure freedom for herself, her family, and eventually all enslaved people within the United States.
The story begins with young Araminta “Minty” Ross suffering emotional loss and physical separation from her family as a slave at the hands of her master, Edward Brodess on Maryland’s eastern shore. After receiving a serious head injury at the hands of a careless overseer, Minty is plagued with hallucinations both prophetic and religious that she believes are of God.
In 1849, Minty learns of her master’s imminent slave auction to settle his debts. Thus providing the catalyst for Minty making the biggest leap of faith by taking the Underground Railroad to the North-the “Promised Land.”
Following the tradition slaves used to avoid capture upon reaching the north, Minty changes her name and becomes Harriet Tubman once she reaches Philadelphia.
Although she is out of “Egypt”, Tubman remains restless because her family is still in chains. She receives word that her young niece is going to be sold, and immediately effects a rescue. Once her niece is safely out of Maryland. Harriet returns for her immediate family. Even after they are safely away, Harriet feels it is her duty to help as many slaves as she can. She rescues countless individuals but she feels that she is fighting an uphill battle. She begins to realize that she needs to take on slavery itself.
Once the civil war begins, she feels this is her chance to do more. She temporarily halts her efforts as a Conductor on the Underground Railroad to participate as a Union volunteer. Her services are indispensable. She stops an epidemic from decimating the union soldiers, and trains the newly freed slave women how to cook, and launder for money so they will be less dependent on the government.
After months of hard work, Harriet receives a bittersweet reward in the Emancipation Proclamation. This document declares that any states that do not return to the Union by the first day of the new year (1863) will be deemed free states and their slave labor force will be emancipated. Unfortunately for Harriet, her home state of Maryland, amongst other states, never secedes the Union and she remains a slave while all the slaves around her rejoice in their newfound freedom.
Harriet was not depressed for long. She used this slight setback to become a scout and spy for the army.
With her honed ability to slip in and out of hostile territory, Harriet was able to provide information part of which became crucial to the success of the Combahee River Raid.
Within a year’s time, the south surrendered and the Thirteenth Amendment, which abolished slavery, was passed.
Harriet returns to Auburn, NY to reunite with her family. Harriet and her family did not live happily ever after. Although the fight for freedom is over, Harriet and her family still have to battle for equality.
As a way to raise money and awareness, Harriet travels as guest lecturer to the many suffragist and freedmen societies of Philadelphia, New York, and Boston.
Harriet Tubman peacefully lives out the last years of her life in Auburn, NY in the Home for Indigent Peoples that she founded a few years before.