When you see the cast members of “Modern Family” in the new Google Doodle marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Harriet Tubman, you might not notice her. For those familiar with Tubman’s life, she is likely a familiar icon.
But Tubman was not, as you might expect, known for being a heroine of the Underground Railroad.
Rather, she is best remembered for winning an impressive double record in the elections for the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.
By taking over as Governor of Maryland and the seat in the U.S. House after the 1865 death of President Abraham Lincoln, Tubman is credited with breaking the color barrier.
But Tubman was also an abolitionist who fought tirelessly to help African-Americans escape slavery in the decades after the Civil War.
And Tubman is also the first woman to receive a star on the American Walk of Fame.
Whether you’re a Tubman fan, in love with “Modern Family,” or you’re looking for something different to celebrate the anniversary of Tubman’s birth, here are some places to watch a documentary on her life.
In the 21st century, you can watch the whole original series: “Amistad” on Hulu, or watch “Amistad” again with Tubman’s own pre-Civil War narration:
Just a brief clip from a documentary called “Amistad,” starring the wonderful and iconic Elizabeth Taylor:
To remember her as a woman in history, a more recent film, which is up for a best documentary award at this year’s Oscar ceremony, is being released on DVD:
Or, just pretend you can pick up and change the channel with a few clicks:
And, finally, a beautiful short film commemorating Tubman’s place in American history: