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Harriet Tubman

  • Date Submitted: 02/05/2012 07:55 PM
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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was an African American slave that worked in the fields picking corn and potatoes for her master. She started working as a slave at the age of five and she was sold from plantation to plantation. She had gotten sick so she was returned home, but when she recovered her master took her back to work the plantations yet again. At the age of 13 an incident happen that affected her life from then on; her master had hit her on the head by a two-pound weight because she was defending a slave, this resulted in her getting seizures for the rest of her life. Harriet felt empathy for her fellow slaves that usually got her into trouble and every time they were whipped with hard sticks, she would feel their pain as they were getting stroked on their backs.
As her life progressed she had grown tired of being sold from master to master and from doing the hard labor of working the plantations that one-day she escaped. Harriet Tubman married a man named John Tubman with the permission of her master and moved into a cabin with him, but she still had to maintain to her duties as a slave. Sadly though, she shared her dreams to him about escaping to the North but instead of supporting her, he was negative about it and he even told her he would turn her in if she did. Despite all the negative things in her life, she managed to help more than 70 slaves escape to the North by taking them through the Underground Railroad. She had earned the nickname “Moses” because of this deed and she was considered a hero amongst the slaves who were now free. Harriet is well known for the Underground Railroad and she earned her name in history due to this.


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