Biography of Harriet Tubman Essay

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Biography of Harriet Tubman Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 on a large plantation in Dorchester County, Maryland. She was the sixth of eleven children. She was born in a very small on-room log hut, that was located behind her families owners house. The huthad a dirt floor, no windows, and no furniture. Her fater, Benjamin Ross, and mother, Harriet Green, were both slaves. They were from the Ashanti ribe of West Africa. Edward Brodas, Harriet's owner, hired her out as a laborer by the age of five. The buying and selling of humans was a big deal in America between the late 1600's and the 1800's. By 1835 there were over two million black men, women, and children who were slaves. These people were bought and…show more content…
She talked to Hohn about escaping, and he said he would tell on her is she did. She planned out her escape and didn't tell him about it, because he would tell on her. The only person that knew about was one of her sisters. Harriet escaped at night. She had no money and no food. She went to the house of a white women who had once offered to help her. The woman told Harriet which house to go to next. Going from house to house, was know as the underground railroad. Harriet's trip was a success and she was a free woman. She worked as a dishwasher, a cook, and a cleaning woman. The next year, she went back to Maryland and rescued her sisters family. After that, she made a second trip to get her brother, James, and some of her other friends. She also went back to get her husband in September 1851, but he was remarried and he didn't want to go with her. Stopping at people's houses was known as the underground railroad. Each stop was the house of someone who hated slavery and knew it was wrong. they were willing to help runaway slaves to freedom. A lantern on a hitching post meant it was a safe house. Many slaves were afraid to knock on a white family's door and trust them. The people th the safe houses, gave slaves hot food and a place to stay for the night. Slaves had to hide in the day tiem, so they wouldn't get caught.
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