The Great Dream Of Harriet Ross

1751 Words Jul 29th, 2015 8 Pages
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”-Harriet Tubman
Araminta Harriet Ross, later known as “Moses” or “General Tubman” was born to enslaved parents in Dorchester County, Maryland. Her father, Ben Ross, was owned by Anthony Thompson. Meanwhile, her mother, Harriet “Rit” Green, was owned by Mary Pattison Brodess. Her parents met because Anthony Thompson married Mary Brodess. Araminta was the oldest of nine children. Along with this, Araminta early life was full of hardships. Physical violence played a major role in day-to-day life for her and her family.
Araminta was beaten and whipped by her masters as a child. Early in life, she suffered a traumatic head injury. She was sent to a dry goods store for materials and she encountered a slave who had recently left the fields without permission. The slaves’ overseer demanded Araminta to help restrain the runaway but she refused. The furious slave owner threw a two pound weight at her head. Therefore, leaving her with endured seizures, severe headaches, and narcoleptic episodes for the remainder of her life. She also experienced strange visions and vivid dreams, in which she ascribed to forewarnings from God.
Araminta’s father, Ben Ross, was freed from slavery at the age of 45, as written in the will of his previous owner. Although, the owner of her mother and the children chose not to free them and Ben…
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