Harriet Tubman

abolitionist and civil rights activist, by: Yashita Shetty


Harriet Tubman was a great female hero from the 1800's, she had freed herself and many others from slavery. She had left a remarkable history on the tracks of the underground railroad that could never be forgotten. She was a true leader who never gave up, and stood up for what was right.

Underground railway

Harriet Tubman is perhaps the most well-known conductor along the Underground Railroad. During a ten-year span she had made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom. And, as she once proudly pointed out to Frederick Douglass, in all of her journeys she had "never lost a single passenger." She was very dedicated, and made others believe they were important and respected, she believed no one should go through slavery and everyone should be treated the same, she led from the back and let others believe they were in the front. This makes her a very caring/respected leader.

Escaping Slavery

Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery in the south to become a leading abolitionist before the american civil war. Through many hardships she successfully escaped slavery in 1849, Yet she returned many times to rescue both family members and non-relatives from the plantation system. This shows she never gave up and stood up for what she was afraid of, and she helped inspire others to do the same. She proved courage is not the absence of fear, it is inspiring others to move beyond it. Harriet Tubman was a very inspiring leader,she had given everybody hope.

Harriet Tubman was a very humble leader, she didn't carry too much pride in herself and didn't think of herself better than the others. When she escaped slavery, she didn't forget about the others that were not as fortunate as her to escape, and she came back and rescued them. She never left the people that supported her and went through the same hardships as her behind. She lead from the front but never left her base behind. This makes her a very loyal and courageous leader. Saving that many people was not easy, she had taken a huge risk, to save others.


Harriet Tubman is an amazing woman who was born into slavery, and through many hardships escaped. She put everything on the line to fight a system she knew was evil. She spoke out publically for what she believed, despite the fact that there was a price on her head. She put aside her own needs, and repeatedly risked losing her own hard-earned freedom and her life in helping others to find theirs. I don’t think you could ask for a better definition of leadership.


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