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Harriet Tubman Ariminta Ross was born into slavery in about 1820. She grew up to be one of the most fearless and well known women of the Civil War. Most people know her as Harriet Tubman who was the conductor on the Underground Railroad.
The information about Harriet Tubman says she was born somewhere between 1819 or 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland. Her parents Harriet ” Rit” Green and Benjamin Ross were both slaves. They lived on the plantation owned by Anthony Green. She was the fifth of nine children (Larson 1). In 1823 or early 1824 it is said that Harriets family was relocated. Most were sold but she stayed on the plantation. When she was a teenager, she was told by the Overseer of the plantation to help him stop a slave that was running away; Harriet helped the slave instead. The Overseer was so angry about this that he picked up a two pound wait and threw it at the slave. He hit Harriet instead and almost killed her. She had headaches for the rest of her life (Bennett 50).
At age 25, she married a free African American named John Tubman. Five years later, she was afraid that she would be sold somehow and quickly made her way to freedom, aided by a neighbor. The neighbor gave her a piece of paper with two names on it that were the first two safe houses on the Underground Railroad Route. Through a series of events after that, she escaped to Canada. She traveled to Pennsylvania where she met William Still, the ” Stationmaster” of the Underground Railroad (History Net par 4).
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
Many people say that everyone is destined to do something in the world and they must find what it is and do it. For Harriet, working as the ” conductor” for the Underground Railroad was her destiny. Most people know that this wasnt an actual train, but a system of safe houses where slaves could stay on their journey to freedom. Slaves would listen to hear the code song:
Ill meet you in the morning
Safe in the promised land,
On the other side of Jordan
Bound for The Promised Land (Bennett p. 51).
Once they heard this, they knew to get ready because the ” train” was running and Moses had arrived. She was nicknamed Moses because her work was similar to what Moses did as he led the people of Egypt out of slavery. History reports that she made about 19 trips and helped 300 slaves escape to the North. This also included her family members. What she did was very dangerous because she had a price on her head that promised $40, 000 for her — dead or alive. During that time, she never lost a slave (Bennett, 52).
After the war, Harriet moved back to her home in Auburn New York and opened the ” John Brown Home,” a home for indigent black people. She raised the money to buy the land and the foundation through peddling fruit and begging (Bennett 52). Kauffman states that she was a very sweet woman and had lots of friends. She died on March 10, 1913 at the age of 90 or older (Bennett 53 and Kauffman).
Bennett, Lerone Jr. ” Harriet Tubmans Private War: Iconic Freedom Fighter Waged Unremitting Struggle Against the Slave System”. Ebony Magazine 60. 5. March (2005: 50.
Kauffman, Bill. 2006. ” Harriet Tubman, Pre-Mummification.” American Enterprise. 17. 5 28 March 2008. EBSCOhost database Academic Masterfile AN: 21021124
Larson, Kate C. 2004. ” Harriet Tubman Biography Bound For The Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero.” 28 March 2008.
New York History Net. ” The Life of Harriet Tubman.” New York History Net for Historians and Students of New your History and Culture. 28 March 2008.
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