Harriet Tubman

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Early Years Her real name was Harriet Beecher Stowe. Born as a salve on June 14, 1820 on a plantation in Maryland. There were 8 children in her family and she was the sixth. When she was five, her Mother died. Her Father remarried one year later and in time had three more children. Her Father always wanted her to be a boy. When Harriet was only 13 years old, she tried to stop a person from being whipped and went between the two people. The white man hit her in the head with a shovel and she blacked out. From then on she had awful migraines and would sometimes just collapse on the ground while she was working. She served as a field hand and house servant on a Maryland plantation. In 1844 she married John Tubman, who was a free…show more content…
Harriet¡¦s money soon was just about gone between the schools in the South and the need who always crowded her warm kitchen. It soon got harder to make a living. She wrote a letter to congress saying, ¡§My claim against the United States is for the three years as a nurse and cook in hospitals and as commander of several men as scouts during the late War of Rebellion, under directions and orders of Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War, and of several generals¡¨. ¡§I claim for my services above named the sum of eighteen hundred dollars¡¨. The first government money came in 1890 in the form of a pension of eight dollars a month. Eight dollars didn¡¦t do much, and year after year Congressmen from New York State took up Harriet¡¦s cause. Finally, in 1898, Congress passed a bill, which increased her pension to twenty dollars monthly. Harriet soon owned 25 acres with two houses on it. It was a perfect place for an old folk¡¦s home. 	 Towards the end of the war, Harriet spent her time running up and down the coast, from South Carolina to Florida, organizing classes in washing, sewing, and cooking. She also worked to find people jobs. Her goal was to teach them how to respect themselves by earning their own living. In early March her breathing became rough. She later died from pneumonia. With her friends around her, on March 10, 1913 at the age of 93, she died in peace.

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