Harriet Tubman

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Harriet Tubman was an influential figure in both, the Underground Railroad and multiple anti-slavery movements. Clearly defined, the Underground Railroad was the series of pathways and stations used by runaways in their escape to freedom (Schraff 24). The Railroad provided houses, buildings, and ways of travel for many slaves desiring for deliverance (Schraff 24). Harriet Tubman’s birth name was Araminta Ross, which she later changed to Harriet (americancivilwar.com). Around the year 1820, she was born in Bucktown in Dorchester County, Maryland, which was about 100 miles south of the free states (Schraff 14). Tubman’s early life, journey to freedom, service in the Civil War, and her consistent rescues for her friends and family…show more content…
Despite the instructions of this act, the northern states rarely ever obeyed this law eventually abolished slavery (Fugitive Slave Act). In 1851, Tubman helped one of her brothers, John Ross, along with two other men escape (Schraff 116). Harriet’s third trip was centered around rescuing her husband; however, when she got back to Maryland, she found that he had taken another wife (pbs.org). Tubman did not waste this trip though because she found other slaves in need of assistance on their journeys freedom (pbs.org). Harriet also helped three of her other brothers escape to Canada (Schraff 116). In 1857, she succeeded in rescuing her 70-year-old parents to Canada also (Schraff 116). That same year, she purchased a house in Auburn, New York (Schraff 116). Sarah Bradford published an autobiography of Harriet Tubman in 1869 entitled, Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People (Schraff 117). Shortly after, Tubman married Nelson Davis (Schraff 117). According to Anne E. Schraff, Harriet served as delegate to the first convention of National Federation of Afro American Women in 1896 (117). One of Tubman’s many recognitions was in 1908 when the Harriet Tubman Home for Aged and Indigent Colored People was opened (Schraff 117). Harriet Tubman rescued over 300 slaves to freedom without losing even one (pbs.org). Later in her life, Tubman reflected on her many rescue expeditions and unveiled many of

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