Harriet Tubman

Biography By: Reagan B.

Early Life

Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 in Dorchester county, Maryland. she had many nicknames like, Minty, and Moses.


Harriet Tubman's full name when she was born was Araminta Harriet Ross. She was 1 of 11 children of Harriet and Benjamin Ross who were born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland. As a child, Ross was a nursemaid for a small baby. Ross had to stay awake all night so that the baby wouldn't cry and wake the mother. If she fell asleep, the baby's mother whipped her. From a very young age she wanted to be free.


As a slave, Araminta Ross was scarred for life when she refused to help in the punishment of another young slave. A young slave had gone to the store without asking, and when he returned, the owner of the slave wanted to whip him. He asked Ross to help but she refused. When the young slave started to run away, the owner of him picked up a heavy iron weight and threw it at him. He missed the young slave and hit Ross in the head. The weight nearly crushed her skull and left a deep scar. She was unconscious for days, and suffered from seizures for the rest of her life.

middle life

Harriet Tubman had a husband named John Tubman. She got married to him at 25 years of age. She had a dream of moving north but John did not agree. So she went alone in 1849 to go north to Philadelphia. She remarried in 1869 to Nelson Davis. Nelson was a Union Army soldier. Also Nelson was 20 years younger than Harriet.


Harriet also let several young children into her home and raised them like they were her own. she also provided shelter and support for a number of aged former slaves. To finance a living/ to support others she worked with sarah Hopkins. By the time she reached adult hood about half of the African-American people were set free.


The most important thing that ever happened to her was when she started the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad is a path were she would take slaves to freedom. The under ground rail road was not underground or a railroad. It was called the Under ground Rail road because when she escaped with the slaves it was a secret. The many passages were called lines, and stopping places were called stations. The Under ground Railroad went through 14 of the states upnorth. When they found out that Harriet Tubman started all of this they rewarded $40,000 to the person who caught her.


The underground Railroad was illegal. By the middle of the 19th century, about 50,000 slaves escaped from using the Underground Railroad.

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The end Of the Underground Railroad!!!

The Fugitive Act did not stop the Underground Railroad, it came to a natural end with the abolition of slavery at the end of the Civil War.

Later Life

Harriet Tubman was a very brave and couraging lady. she deid of Pneumonia in 1913. When she died, she was buried with military honors at Fort Hill cemetary in Auburn.

Interesting Facts

  • Harriet Tubman's life was changed and shaped by when she led slaved people to freedom, She did it by starting the Underground Railroad.
  • Some adjectives that i would describe Harriet Tubman are brave, riskful, respectful, and hardworking
  • Tubman took a risk for freeing slaves to freedom. If she got cought they would of killed her!!!
  • I learned some new things about Tubman like she died of pneumonia, where she was born, her nicknames,her two husbands, and her real full name.
  • Harriet Tubman is interesting and special because she led slaves to freedom so they could live a happy and peaceful life.
  • I chose Harriet Tubman because she was an American Hero and she helped slaves escape to freedom!
  • Harriet Tubman she had a very good effect on the world because she became an american hero because she created a way to set slaves free
  • Tubman had a positive effect on society, she is a big romadel to show that if you believe in something you should follow your heart and do whats best for you and other people.

Work cited

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