Harriet Tubman

Denise Chavez

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Free At Last Poem

A girl born into slavery
But a determined woman to get out of it

At last she made up her mind
And decided to find
Her destiny on the other side
At last she cried
"I'm going to the North!"

Made her way through the forest
And using a secret system

The Underground Railroad

At last she was free


Nineteen more trips were made back to the South

Three hundred more people set free


A girl born into slavery

But a determined woman to get out of it

Harriet Tubman Biography

Harriet Tubman was an American abolitionist. She was born in Dorchester County, Maryland in March in 1822. As a child, she was used to physical violence. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery and worked on a plantation. At last, Tubman was exhausted and tired of being ruled by somebody else. She freed herself in 1849 using the Underground Railroad, which was a network of secret routes and safe houses to help African Americans escape to the North. When she finally made it to freedom, Tubman return to Maryland to free her family members. She knew it was risky but did it anyways. To avoid being caught she would disguise yourself with different clothes a she knew it was risky but did it anyways. To avoid being caught she would disguise yourself with different clothes and other decorative pieces. After this trip, she started doing regular trips back to the south and taking more and more slaves to the north. Harriet Tubman always carried a pistol with her. She was always proud to say that she “never lost a passenger.” She was known as the Moses of her people. In total, she made 19 trips to free her family and friends and was a leading abolitionist and her generation. In total, she freed over 300 slaves in a 15 year period. When Harriet Tubman was a teenager, she suffered a head injury. As a result, she claimed she received visions and dreams from God to guide her people to freedom. In 1844, she married John Tubman a free African-American.


Harriet Tubman was also involved in more things other than just the underground railroad. On June 2, 1863, Harriet Tubman under The command of union Colonel James Montgomery, led 150 black union soldiers in the Combahee River Raid. As a result of this raid, Tubman helped set free over 700 more slaves.


Also, while the Civil War was going on in the years 1861 through 1865, Harriet Tubman worked as a nurse, an armed scout, and spy for the United States Army.


In 1874, she adopted a girl with her new husband Nelson Davis.


Harriet Tubman became involved in the cause for woman’s suffrage and gave speeches.


Sadly, she died on March 10, 1913 in Auburn, New York. The cause of her death was pneumonia.



Bounty on Tubman

There was a reward for $40,000 for whoever captured her.
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Swing Low Sweet Chariot

This song was used as a signal to Tubman for slaves who wanted to escape.
Songs - Traditional - Swing Low Sweet Chariot