By: Micaela Johnson
Harriet Tubman escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. She led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad.She was born in Maryland in 1820, and successfully escaped in 1849. Yet she returned many times to rescue both family members and non-relatives from the plantation system. She led hundreds to freedom in the North as the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad, an elaborate secret network of safe houses organized for that purpose. Harriet Tubman is different from many people in slavery because she was the only Person who was confident. Harriet Tubman did not just save herself from slavery she saved her family friends and people who she did not even know. She had to persevere because she was on a plantation with her family and total strangers she had to get through those hard times. The line between freedom and slavery was hazy for Tubman and her family. Harriet Tubman’s father, Ben, was freed from slavery at the age of 45, as stipulated in the will of a previous owner.