Harriet Tubman

Zaire Holmes

Background

  • Originally named Araminta Harriet Ross but married John Tubman in 1844
  • She was born a slave on a Maryland plantation
  • She was one of nine children
  • She led hundreds to freedom in the North as the "conductor" of the Underground Railroad.
  • She was very religious and learned about the bible from her mother
  • when the civil war broke out Harriet work as a cook nurse and a spy for the Union Army

Goal: To immediate emancipation of all slaves and to put an end to racial discrimination and segregation.

2 types of abolitionist

-More Moderate abolitionist wanted more of a gradual emancipation and for free-soil activist who sought to restrict slavery to existing areas and prevent it to spread farther west.

-Radical abolitionist was partly fueled by the religious fervor of the second great awakening and wanted actions to be done right away and would not mind to fight for what they wanted.

  • Harriet's owner was talking about sealing her and her brothers
  • Before he could sale them he died
  • this made Harriet even more worried about her brothers fate
  • she prepared an escape
  • she convinced her brothers
  • On September 17, 1849 they escaped
  • Her brothers decided to return but Harriet didn't
  • later she would come back for the rest of her family and realized she she could not just leave her people
The Underground Railroad gave freedom to THOUSANDS of enslaved man and woman and hope to tens of thousands more.
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Harriet Tubman - Mini Bio

go free or die