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Harriet Tubman "the Moses of her people"

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Harriet Tubman "the Moses of her people" born in 1820-died in 1913 -Fugitive slave -Underground Railroad conductor -Civil War nurse and soldier -Women's rights advocate and social reformer I'm going to talk about Harriet Tubman. Briefly, she remains one of history's best-known African Americans that worked in the Underground Railroad. She also helped the northerners during the Civil war and maintained activities after her service in the war. -Fugitive slave 1820 Coming back to when she was born... -Tubman was born a slave in Bucktown, Maryland around 1820. She was originally called Araminta by her master, but she changed in her early teen years when she started to confront slavery. She was the fifth of nine children and her parents, called Harriet and Benjamin, were both black slaves. At five or six years old, she already worked as a house servant and seven years later she was sent to work in the fields. She was small, about 5 feet, but she was strong, and working in fields helped to increasing her strength. She never went to school but she was clever and smart. 1835 As a teenager, she was caught up in a fight... -She was always ready to stand up for someone else and once it left her a deep scar on her for head. ...read more.


The reward for finding her rose up to 40'000 $, but she was never captured. For her safety as many others, she went to live in Canada. Tubman brought many of her charges to St. Catharines, Ontario, where they settled into a growing community of freedom seekers. Her dangerous missions won the admiration of black and white abolitionists throughout the North who provided her with funds to continue her activities. But she did get other support from many of the leading figures of New England. 1854 -She returned to Maryland and escorted her sister and her sister's two children to freedom. She made a dangerous trip back to the South soon after to rescue her brother and two other men. She found other slaves seeking freedom and escorted them to the North. 1857 -The spring of 1857 was the time when Harriet set out on her most daring rescue to free her elderly father, Ben Ross. Tubman bought a train ticket for herself and traveled in daylight which was dangerous considering the reward for her head. But the plan was successful. 1858 In 1858... -In Canada, she met a famed and radical abolitionist John Brown. He had heard a lot about Harriet. When John Brown was organizing for a rebellion that he believed would end slavery, he consulted with Tubman, then in Canada. ...read more.


Army. When she received her first paycheck, she spent it to build a place where freed black women could earn a living doing laundry for the soldiers. But then she wasn't paid normally again, and wasn't given the military portion she believed she was entitled to. She was paid only a total of $200 in three years of service. More Years of Activism and Reform 1869 -Right after the war, Harriet Tubman worked to establish schools for freedmen in South Carolina. She never learned to read and write but she thought it was important for the future of freedom In 1869 Harriet married again. Her second husband, Nelson Davis, had been a Union Army soldier, and was more than twenty years younger than her. They lived together and shared a calm, peaceful 19 year marriage until he died. -Sarah Bradford wrote "Scenes in the life of Harriet Tubman". The book rose over $1.200 for her to live on. 1908 -In 1908, she bought a property that served as her home for the aged and poor people. There she worked, and herself was cared for in the period before her death in 1913. 1913 - Before she died on March 10, 1913, she gave her home for the elderly to the Church. Tubman was buried with military rites in Fort Hill Cemetery, not long away from the home. A year after her death, Auburn declared a one-day memorial to its anti-slavery hero. ...read more.

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