Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom by Catherine ClintonCelebrated 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.
Harriett Tubman Biography (Black History Month for Kids/Children)
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.
When was Harriet Tubman born? Harriet Tubman was born into slavery therefore no records of her birth were kept and the exact date of her birth is unknown. She believed she was born in She testified to this date in a pension application in when she claimed she was 67 and in [ ]. Read More. Hard labor at a young age made her mind resilient and her body strong.
Born into slavery in Maryland, Harriet Tubman escaped to freedom in the North in to become the most famous "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. Tubman risked her life to lead hundreds of family members and other slaves from the plantation system to freedom on this elaborate secret network of safe houses. A leading abolitionist before the American Civil War , Tubman also helped the Union Army during the war, working as a spy among other roles. After the Civil War ended, Tubman dedicated her life to helping impoverished former slaves and the elderly. In honor of her life and by popular demand, in , the U. She was one of nine children born between and to enslaved parents in Dorchester County, Maryland. Araminta changed her name to Harriet around the time of her marriage, possibly to honor her mother.