She was born and raised in slavery by enslaved parents in Maryland. She was originally known as Araminta Harriet Ross. Her mother was Harriet Green or “Rit”, and she was a slave to Mary Pattison Brodess. Her father was Ben Ross who was also a slave to Anthony Thompson. After Anthony got married to Mary Brodess, their slaves also got married to each other. Between 1808 and 1832, both Rit and Ben got nine children and Araminta “Minty” was one of them. Her exact date of birth is not well known but it is estimated to be between 1820 and 1825 (Larson, 2009).
Araminta’s early life was surrounded by lots of challenges and hardships. Her family was severely affected after three of her sisters were sold to a distant area by their master’s son. At a certain time, her mother, Rit, successfully managed to resist the selling of her youngest son to a trader from Georgia which Araminta said later that it served as a good example to her. Like any other slave, Tubman’s life and that of her family was full of...
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...ges was opened on the same site. As Harriet aged, she was admitted into the rest home. She died in 1913 in the presence of her family members and friends. She was buried with military honors (Clinton, 2004).
In conclusion, although she was born and raised as a slave, Harriet Tubman managed to escape slavery and rescue numerous people from it. She was widely known and respected all over as she lived. Even after she died, she was termed as one of the American icons. With the use of Underground Railroad network, she managed to rescue hundreds of enslaved people. She was the first woman to lead an armed mission. History names her among the most famous people in the history of America before the Civil War. Actually, she is the third after Betsy Ross and Paul Revere. Even after her death, she continues to inspire many people because of her bravery and courageous actions.
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