Harriet Tubman By Jasmine Henderson

"The Conductor of the Underground Railroad" by Ann Petry


Harriet Tubman was a slave that wanted to have freedom and to help other people have freedom as well. In this book Harriet Tubman worked on plantations and one day decided to run away to have freedom. She was wanted because she was taking many slaves away from their owners and helping them with their freedom. She helped many during the time of her life by being a nurse, scout, spy, cook, and a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
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Harriet was a strong and hard-working African American woman. She could do the same work as a man. She was short, about five foot two inches. She was called Minty or Minta, as a child; As she got older people was beginning to call her Harriet. Harriet was about 13 when she got hit with a metal weight on her head, and she was easily identified. Plus she fell asleep about five minutes unexpectedly, because of her illness. She was born in Dorchester County on Edward Brodas plantation. She also couldn't read or write. Harriet was thoughtful, strong, and determined throughout her life.
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Events in Harriet Life

Harriet was born in 1821 in Dorchester County. People called her Minta or Minty as a child. In 1826, Harriet was hired out to Mr. and Mrs. Cook, but it didn't work out because Harriet got very ill, but she recovered. When she was twelve she got hit by a two-pound weight, and she survived. In 1831 when she started to wear a bandanna many began to call her Harriet. In 1843 Harriet made a patchwork quilt which represented her life with John Tubman who she married in 1844. In 1849 Harriet wanted freedom so she went to a woman who said would help her and she did. Harriet Tubman got her freedom in 1849 and helped her first group of slaves escape and get freedom in 1850, and continued to help slaves escape to freedom. In 1861 Harriet got enlisted in the Union Army. In the Union Army Harriet was a nurse, spy, and cook. Also, in 1863, she worked with Colonel James Montgomery as a scout. After the war, Harriet went back to Auburn. In 1869, she married Nelson Davis and was married for nineteen years, until he died. Then Mrs. Susan B. Bradford wrote a book about Harriet in 1869 and Harriet got the proceeds (1200). Plus in 1886, Mrs. Bradford helped Harriet for the second time. Harriet did great during her lifetime, and sadly Harriet passed away in 1913.