Harriet Tubman and Dorothea Dix

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According to Robert F. Kennedy, " Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation." He is attempting to say not all of us can have the impact on society of a Michael Jordan or Mother Theresa, but each of us, through our actions, can make a huge difference in our small world. When combined all of our actions have the power to change the course of man. Indeed, two individuals who have done just this were Harriet Tubman and Dorothea Dix. They both had done many great things in their lives and affected the society in a good way. Although these two historical figures were alike in the courage and determination they displayed, they supported different causes.

To begin with, Tubman and Dix both showed great courage to overcome their obstacles to succeed.

Tubman's courage allowed her to have the endurance to help people runaway from slavery. For example, Tubman made frequent trips to the South to lead groups of slaves to safety in Canada along the underground route, financing these ventures with work as a servant, cook, and laborer. Then she returned to Maryland and took out her siblings and other slaves. In all, Tubman made nineteen trips to Maryland from 1850 to 1860, bringing out nearly 300 slaves. Tubman would have been captured if she was found doing underground work, but her endurance allowed her to keep going until she could free most of the slaves. In like manner, Dix also had the endurance Tubman has. Dix's courage gave her the strength to help others. After Dix walked through the prison and revealed that the prisoner included...