Harriet Tubman

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Born a slave in Dorchester County, Maryland, Harriet Tubman endured brutal beatings during her childhood years. Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in 1849 and traveled to Pennsylvania by foot, guided by the North Star. After her successful escape, Harriet returned to Maryland several times to free her siblings, relatives and other slaves. Harriet Tubman went on to free about 70 slaves in 13 journeys, earning the nickname Moses.

One of the most famous conductors of the Undergrond Railroad, she was a master of ingenious tactics, such as working mostly during the winters, traveling at night, leaving on Saturdays and always carrying a gun. She continued her anti-slavery work during the Civil War, when she served as a scout and a spy for the Union Army. The first woman to lead troops in the war, she also played a significant role in the woman’s suffrage movement.

 

 
 
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       



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