Harriet Tubman Biography

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Harriet Tubman was a famous abolitionist, a person who favors the elimination of slavery (New York Times, google.com). Using the Underground Railroad, Harriet led hundreds of people to freedom in the North and was nicknamed the Moses of her people (Biography.com, PBS.org). Harriet never lost a slave, and was never caught Harriet Tubman was born in Maryland’s Dorchester County. Her birth name was Araminta Harriet Ross, but later changed her name to Harriet to honor her mother (PBS.org). While Harriet’s birth date is unknown, she was born around 1820 (Biography.com, nwhm.org). Both of her parents were enslaved full-blooded Africans (encyclopedia.com). Ben Ross was Harriet Tubman 's father. He was a skilled woodsman and was owned by Anthony Ross.…show more content…
From eighteen sixty two to eighteen sixty five, she worked for the Union as a cook, nurse, scout and a spy (EncyclopediaBritanica.com). Tubman worked as a nurse during the war, trying to heal the sick. Many people in the hospital died from dysentery, a disease associated with terrible diarrhea (AmericasLibrary.gov). As a nurse, Harriet dispersed herbal remedies for black and white men (nwhm.org). She served more than three years as a nurse in Florida and the Carolinas (History.com). She was also the first women, in the U.S, to lead an armed, military expedition into the war (NationalGeographic.com, Biography.com) With James Montgomery, they led soldiers to raid rice plantation in South Carolina. They freed slaves, set fires, and destroyed bridges (NationalGeographic.com). When Harriet was a Union spy and scout, she became an aging old woman under the Confederates control. She would gather information about confederate plans from other slaves such as placement troops and supply lines (nwhm.org) She was an effective spy because the white people did not think she was smart (NationalGeographic). As a repayment, Harriet helped these slaves find food, shelter, and even jobs in the north (nwhm.org). John Brown, who consulted her about his own plans to organize an anti slavery raid of a federal armoury, referred to her as “General” Tubman (NationalGeographic.com/EncyclopediaBritanica.com). Harriet was payed so little…show more content…
She bought a small farm and lived there with her parents (EncyclopediaBritannica.com) In eighteen sixty- nine, Harriet married Nelson Davis, a Civil War veteran (Ducksters.com, (thefamouspeople.com). That year, they adopted a baby girl and named her Gertie Davies (thefamouspeople.com). After the war, joined Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B Anthony in their quest for women 's suffrage. Harriet also worked with Sarah Bradford, to write an autobiography (nwhm.org). One of Tubman’s life-long dreams was to have a home for the poor, elderly, and disabled. She fulfilled this dream when she purchased 25 acres in eighteen ninety six. In 1903, Harriet Tubman died of pneumonia (biography.com,
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