Harriet Tubman

Hero to Others Near and Far

Growing Up

Harriet Tubman was born in 1822 in Maryland. At the age of 12 she was nearly killed by a blow to the head by an iron weight thrown by an angry overseer when she was trying to help an escaping slave. This caused her to have random sleeping spells that interrupted her work for the rest of her life. In 1849 at the age of 27, Harriet Tubman escaped slavery. She then went on to help many other slaves gain freedom throughout her life. This gave her three characteristics that she used for the rest of her life.


  • Harriet Tubman was able to save herself from slavery. She had the courage to do that when many other slaves didn't.
  • Tubman also had enough courage to go back 19 times to save other slaves.
  • Her courage inspired others to help end slavery. Making her a Hero to Others Near and Far.

Moral Direction

  • Tubman had moral direction. She had to be strong in times of hardship.
  • If other slaves wanted to turn back and not go through with going to freedom she would pull out a gun and tell them to either go on or die.
  • This shows she has moral direction because she would do whatever it takes to get slaves to freedom. She told them they were going to be free and she was right.


  • Harriet Tubman had to have a lot of perseverance to keep saving slaves even though it would make her a criminal.
  • She never gave up and always got the slaves to freedom.
  • Even after she stopped being a conductor on the Underground Railroad she still helped end slavery.
  • For example, after the Civil War she started a clinic to help struggling African-Americans get back on their feet.
  • This shows how she was a Hero to Others Near and Far.

In conclusion,

Harriet Tubman is a Hero to Others Near and Far because she had the courage, perseverance, and moral direction to help slaves find freedom. She also helped ex-slaves after the Civil War. That is why Harriet Tubman is a Hero to Others Near and Far.