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Harriet Tubman

Born a slave in Maryland around the year 1815, Harriet Tubman was forced to work as a field hand by her cruel plantation overseer. In 1849, Tubman fled the plantation, leaving behind her husband, her parents, and her brothers and sisters. Tubman was driven by her belief that all African Americans should be free. Her unequivocal dedication to this cause never wavered. Risking her life as well as her freedom, she returned to the South no fewer than 19 times to lead her family and hundreds of other slaves to freedom. Tubman guided the escaping slaves north along the Underground Railroad, a secret organization that aided the escape of slaves to Canada. None of the fugitives Harriet Tubman led to safety was ever captured. All the while, Tubman herself was pursued by bounty hunters who sought the 40 thousand dollars offered for her capture.

Tubman later helped John Brown when he planned his attack on Harper’s Ferry in 1858. She provided valuable information that helped him carry out his raid. She even planned to participate in the raid but was ill at the time. When the Civil War broke out three years later, Tubman assisted the Union Army as a nurse and served as both a scout and a spy. Her knowledge of the land, her experience at secret travel, and her ability to blend easily into groups of people allowed her to carry out her duties without being spotted. She was so important to the Union Army, in fact, that she was a leader of a corps of local blacks who ventured into rebel territory to gather information. Because she was privy to information on the location of warehouses and ammunition depots, she was able to provide vital information to Union commanders. Her information helped Colonel James Montgomery make several expeditions into southern areas to destroy supplies. After the war, Tubman returned to New York, where, while caring for her own family, she helped escaped and newly freed blacks begin their lives. She earned money by giving speeches and selling copies of her biography. In 1896, she was the oldest member present for the organizational meeting of the National Association of Colored Women. Called “the Moses of her people,” Tubman came to personify the strength and determination that eventually led to the civil rights movement of the 1960s.












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