Essay on Harriet Tubman and the Abolitionist Movement

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When we think of African American history we often forget about the people before the civil rights movement. The people who paved the way for future leaders. Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X, and Rosa parks are often who we think of. We forget about individuals that made a significant impact that led us to the present place we are today. Harriet Tubman's contribute to history was that she was the conductor of the Underground Railroad, which helped bring slaves to freedom. Harriet Tubman was an abolitionist and was part of the woman's suffrage move. Harriet Tubman was born as Araminta Ross in 1820 or 1821, on a plantation in Dorchester County, Buckton, Maryland, and the slave of Anthony Thompson. She was one of eleven children to …show more content…
. . Every time I saw a White man I was afraid of being carried away. I had two sisters carried away in a chain gang—one of them left two children. We were always uneasy... I think slavery is the next thing to hell." (Lerone Bennett Jr. 2005). At some point in time Araminta Ross name was changed to the same name as her mother Harriet. She was sold to James Cook to weave. The weaving often made her cough and sneeze. She would get severe coughs and fevers. Like many slaves, Harriet was often whipped. One day she stole a lump of sugar from Miss Susan, in fear of getting whipped she ran away for four days. However, when she returned home she was whipped severely. She learned a great lesson from this experience; she should put on layers of clothes so it wouldn’t hurt as much when she was being whipped.
At the age of 13, Harriet became more rebellious; she disobeyed her masters as people watched. One day, another male slave was getting beat; the overseer wanted to punish him and he wanted Harriet to help but she refused to. Harriet was hit with a weight, which put a hole in her skull and pushed her skull against her brain. She described it as it “broke my skull and cut a piece of that shawl clean off and drove it into my head”. After the accident she didn’t get medical treatment and soon had to return to the fields. The experience of going back to the field was noted as “with blood and

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