Harriet Tubman Essay

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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 black. In
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She was appointed the ¡§Matron of the Hospital.¡¨ Harriet later found out that her husband, John Tubman, is dead. He was shot in an argument with a plantation owner. Later, Harriet married Nelson Davis. Nelson had a disease. Harriet helped him to establish a brickyard, sometimes working at his side making bricks. Nelson lived until 1888. After his death, William Henry, a widower, came to stay with Harriet. Harriet outlived most of her friends, but still made trips to Boston and New York to raise money for her schools in the South and in the Alcotts. Her income came from farm produce she raised and peddled door to door in Auburn. Harriet would sometimes visit neighbors and ask for vegetables for soup or a few pennies to tide her over. She would never beg for anything, but only borrow. They were all carefully repaid when she sold crops or when a donation from Boston came. When her mortgage payments on her home were overdue and the bank threatened to evict her and her children, Harriet¡¦s close friend and neighbor, Mrs. Sarah Hopkins Bradford wrote the story of Harriet¡¦s life. The book sold well and Harriet got twelve hundred dollars out of it, more than enough to pay off her debt to the bank. 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

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