Black history facts about harriet tubman

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Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine Clinton

Celebrated for her courageous exploits as a conductor on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman has entered history as one of nineteenth-century Americas most enduring and important figures. But just who was this remarkable woman? To John Brown, leader of the Harpers Ferry slave uprising, she was General Tubman. For the many slaves she led north to freedom, she was Moses. To the slaveholders who sought her capture, she was a thief and a trickster. To abolitionists, she was a prophet. Now, in a biography widely praised for its impeccable research and its compelling narrative, Harriet Tubman is revealed for the first time as a singular and complex character, a woman who defied simple categorization.
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Harriet Tubman.
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She led hundreds of bondmen to freedom in the North along the route of the Underground Railroad —an elaborate secret network of safe houses organized for that purpose. Harriet Tubman is credited with conducting upward of fugitive slaves along the Underground Railroad from the American South to Canada. In addition to leading more than fugitive slaves to freedom, Harriet Tubman helped ensure the final defeat of slavery in the United States by aiding the Union during the American Civil War. She served as a scout as well as a nurse and a laundress. From early childhood she worked variously as a maid, a nurse, a field hand, a cook, and a woodcutter. About she married John Tubman, a free black.

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Harriet Tubman was a famous abolitionist who won renown for her exploits in guiding her fellow slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. She also served the Union Army during the Civil War as a scout and a spy. Read these ten incredible facts to expand your knowledge gain a greater understanding of this icon of the abolitionist movement. Because of the cruelty of her various masters, she desired to somehow escape from bondage from a very early age, and free others as well. She would later recall, "I had seen their tears and sighs, and I had heard their groans, and would give every drop of blood in my veins to free them. As she was doing errands, an overseer tried to stop a runaway slave by throwing a two-pound weight at him.

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