Harriet Tubman

Harriet's Impct on the Blacks


Harriet Tubman was a runaway slave from Maryland who became known as the "Moses of her people." Over the course of 10 years, and at great personal risk, she led hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, a secret network of safe houses where runaway slaves could stay on their journey north to freedom. She later became a leader in the abolitionist movement, and during the Civil War she was a spy with for the federal forces in South Carolina as well as a nurse.Although not a traditional railroad, the underground railroad was a critical system of transporting slaves to freedom in the mid-1800s. One of the most famous conductors was Harriet Tubman. Between 1850 and 1858, she helped more than 300 slaves reach freedom.


1820- Harriet Araminta Ross was born   1844- Harriet marries John Tubman                       1849- Tubman escapes to Philadephia   1850- She makes her first rescue of relatives  1857- Tubman rescues her parents    1860- Makes her last rescue with Undergroung Railroad in December     1861- Volunteers to help Union Army in the Civil War       1863- Emancipation Proclamationd freed slaves       1869- Tubman marries Charles Nelson Davis     1888- Charles Nelson Davis died     1913- Harriet Tubman dies on March 10

Harriet Tubman


What Obstacles did Harriet Tubman Overcome and What Events Changed Her Life?

Harriet Tubman indeed faced many obstacles in her quest to help free other slaves. Due to the Fugitive Slave Law, her capture was worth $40,000. And there were hired people to try and capture her along her journey. She could have been sent to prison. I believe she was considered an outlaw. When she was trying to help a slave from being punished, she got hit in the head with a weight, at the age of 15 -- an injury that gave her blackouts for the rest of her life. She suffered from a number of ailments, which resulted in her being passed from one plantation to another and back again. She was ill-clothed, beaten, and seldom given enough to eat -- all of this whilst she was still a child.

What Makes Harriet Tubmabn Interesting?

Harriet Tubman is interesting because she was an African American slave that helped free other slaves. That is interesting because she never got caught doing what she did. Another thing that makes Harriet interesting is how she volunteered to help the Union Army in the Civil War. That's interesting because I've never known any women to volunteer to fight in any war. Harriet is interesting because when she was just a little girl she was hit upside the head with a heavy weight and stiil survived and rescued over 300 slaves.Tubman was a strong, brave, independent women who cared for many other people sometimes before herself.

What Words Describe Harriet?

1) Brave- Volunteering to join the Civil War for the Union Army    2) Strong- to survive a hit upside the head with a lead weight    3) Intelligent- to think of a passage to freedom and to remember the way each time she made a rescue   4) Independent- because she stood her own groung and fought for what she believed was right   5) Sneaky- because she could sneak in and out of the South without being caught

Citation for the Book

Cosson, M.J. Harriet Tubman. Edina, Minnesota: ABDO, 2008. Print.