Harriett Tubman

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Moses and Harriet Tubman
Throughout history, there have been many historical figures relevant to lives we live today. They have paved the way and made for many opportunities for all the people of our time and generation by taking risks and posing as heroes for the people of their time and generation. These innovative thinkers caused for a better today and even tomorrow by being proactive. They gave people hope, strength and something to look forward to. It takes an extremely courageous person to go out and do something daring for the better good of the human race at their own risk and expense. These people can be compared to religious figures mentioned in the bible. Harriet Tubman, for instance, can be considered one of these active beings. By freeing the slaves to the north her acts can be compared to that of Moses in the bible. Both of them went out of their way and risked their lives in order to free the slaves because they knew that it was not right. Despite the consequences they stood up for what they believed in and took action knowing the possible bad outcome they would face. There good deeds did not occur without positive outcome, both were successful in their doings. Harriet Tubman was a second generations slave. She was born in 1820 on a large plantation in Dorchester County, Maryland in a small hut with dirt floors and no windows located behind her masters’ house. Her parents Benjamin Ross and Harriet Green were both slaves. Tubman was originally named Araminta Ross in which she later took her mothers name. She was the sixth of eleven children and at the tender age of five Harriet’s owner hired her out as a laborer. She was a maid and a children’s nurse before she worked in the fields at twelve. A year later she received major head trauma caused by a Caucasian individual hitting her in the head with a heavy rock. The hit was so hard it left her with permanent neurological damage. In result of the hit she had sudden blackouts during the rest of her life. In 1844 she got permission from her master to marry John Tubman, a free black man. For the next five years Harriet Tubman was a semi-slave. She was still legally a slave, but her master let her live with her husband. In 1847 her master died, followed by the death of his recipient and young son in 1849. That made Harriet’s status uncertain. In the middle of rumors that the family's slaves were being sold to clear the estate, Harriet Tubman went to the North to freedom.

When Harriet escaped north to Philadelphia, she returned back home to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought her family with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. They traveled by night and in extreme confidentiality; Tubman or "Moses", as she was called, never lost a passenger through her infamous underground railroad. For eleven years Tubman returned over and over and again and again to Maryland, eventually rescuing about seventy slaves in thirteen navigational expeditions, including her three other brothers, their wives and some of their children. She also provided specific instructions for about fifty or sixty other fugitives who escaped to the north. Her dangerous work required clarity, swiftness and preciseness; she usually worked during winter months, to minimize the likelihood that the escaped slaves would not be noticed. If anyone ever wanted to change his or her mind during the journey to freedom and return, Tubman pulled out a gun and said, "You'll be free or die a slave!" Tubman knew that if anyone turned back, it would put her and the other escaping slaves in danger of discovery, capture or even death. She became so well known for leading slaves to freedom that Tubman became known as the "Moses of Her People." Many slaves dreaming of freedom sang the spiritual "Go Down Moses." Slaves hoped a savior would deliver them from slavery just as Moses had delivered the Israelites from slavery. The Underground...
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