Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 on a large plantation in Dorchester County,
Maryland. She was the sixth of eleven children. She was born in a very
small on-room log hut, that was located behind her families owners house.
The huthad a dirt floor, no windows, and no furniture. Her fater, Benjamin
Ross, and mother, Harriet Green, were both slaves. They were from the
Ashanti ribe of West Africa. Edward Brodas, Harriet's owner, hired her out
as a laborer by the age of five.
The buying and selling of humans was a big deal in America between the
late 1600's and the 1800's. By 1835 there were over two million black men,
women, and children who were slaves. These people were bought and sold. No
one cared if husbands and wives got weparated or if children were separated
from their parents. Slaves were not treated like people. No one really
cared what happend to them.
Harriet was beaten by her masters all the time. They saw as a wild child.
One tiem, Harriet saw a bowl filled with lumps of suger and decided to take
one. Harriet's mistress, Miss. Susan, saw her take it and started chasing
her with a whip. Harriet ran away and hid out with the pigs. She ahd to go
bakc, because she was really hungrey. When she went back she got whipped
over and over again. She said, "Now you know, I never had anything good, no
sweet, no suger, and that sugar right by me did look so nice."
By her early teens, Harriet was no longer allowed to work inside, so she
was hired out as a filed hand. She work very hard and long hours out in the
fields. There was no such thing as a rest for slaves.
In 1835, Harriet came between her owner and a slave who was running away.
The owner threw a lead weight, that weighed 2 punds, at the runaway, but it
hit Harriet instead. the hit put hir in a coma and it took months for her to
recover. She never fully recovered from the hit and after that suffered from
blackouts, really bad headaches, and sleeping spelss for the rest of her
life. In 1844, Harriet meet a free black man named John Tubman. They got
married, but Harriet was still a slave. They got to stay in his cabin at
night. Harriet's owner died and she knew she was going to be sold to
someone else. She was really afraid of being shipped to the deep south. The
deep south was the worse p...
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...odist Episcopal Zion Church. In 1897, Queen victoria awarded
Harriet a silver medal for being so brave. The church cimpleted the hime and
it was done by 1908. Harriet got old and sick. She died of pneumonia n
March 10, 1913. She lived to be 93 years old.
Harriet had a hard childhood, but that made her the brave and caring
woman she was. She risked her own life over and over again to free family
and other slaves. harriet spent most of her life working to make life better
for other people, and she did a really good job at ti. She was a very strong
woman and she didn't let anything get in her way. Harriet Tubman opened up
the eyes of white people all over America and told them why slavery was so
Merton Dillon, Teh Abolitionists: The growth of a dissnting Minority, pg 187
David Alder, A story of Young Harriet Tubman, pg 22
Mark Buller, Harriet Tubman: her Courageous Story, pg 45
Free states versus Slave States, The World Book of encyclopedia, pg 475-480
Louis Filler, The Crusade Against Slavery: 1830-1860, pg 203
Sarah Bradford, Harriet Tubman: The Moses of her People, pg 56
Tim Hopkinson, Railroad to Freedom pg 142
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