Essay on Harriet Tubman1

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Harriet Tubman1





Harriet Tubman was a very interesting women. Harriet Tubman, was born as
Araminta Ross in 1819 or 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland. Araminta Tubman
had changed her name to Harriet after her mother, and Ross of course was
after her father. Harriet was born into slavery. There were eight children in
her family and she was the sixth. Her mother died when she was only five
years old. The first person that owned her wasn't as mean to her as other
slave owners were at this time, But sadly this man died. The man's sons
decided to put Harriet up on the slave market, along with her brothers, and
sisters. They were all afraid that they would be seperated. Sadly enough, they
were.

Now that Harriet belonged to someone else, she had to deal with being whipped
as this person was mean to her. At the age of twelve, Harriet saw a girl
being whipped repeatedly. She felt bad for the girl. She ran to help the
girl. When Harriet got there and tried to help her, But she was seriously
injured as she took a blow to the head. For the rest of her life, she would
sometimes experience blackouts. She was caused Trauma. One day, when Harriet
was in the woods, she saw a man who looked familiar. It was her father. She
was so happy to see him again. She had seen him a few more times after this
event, But then, He died. At the age of 25 Harriet got married to free
slave, John Tubman. Five years later, with the fear that she would be sold
again, and that her family would get seperated, she made her escape. A white
neighbor, gave Harriet a piece of paper with 2 addresses on it. It gave her
directions to the first house she was to go to. From there, she was put into
a wagon, and taken to her first stop. Then she was taken to Pennsylvania.
She settled down in Philadelphia. In Philadelphia, she met William Still, The
Philadelphia stationmaster of the Underground Railroad. Still and other members
of the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery society, taught Harriet of the Underground
Railroad.

In 1851, Harriet, started relocating members of her family to her new home, at
St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada West. In all she is beleived to have
conducted over 300 people to freedom. Tales of her experiences with helping
people reveal that she was a very spiritual person. She had a lot of
determination as she helped each person. She threatened any of her passengers,
that she would shoot them if they thought about going back to slavery. She
always expressed confidence that god would aid her efforts. When William Still
published "The Underground Railroad" in 1871, He included a description of
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