Quick Q: Harriet Tubman

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Quick Q: Harriet Tubman
In 1822 Minty Ross was born at Dorchester County, Maryland. She was black, which meant that her childhood was based on labor; she took care of children and worked at fields and hauled logs. When she was twenty-two, she married a free black man and changed her name to Harriet Tubman. And when her master died in 1849, she decided to escape and was successful at it. She then dedicated her life to save slaves and help and bless others. In 1850, Harriet saved at least thirty-eight slaves through underground railroads in a course of ten years. When she was forty years old she saved eight hundred slaves with the help of an army. During the civil war she served as a nurse and took care of soldiers for four years. After the civil war and until her death she took in people who were in need and cared for them for forty-eight years. The things she did to help others were great accomplishments but which one was her greatest? The problem of this question is how to measure accomplishment in order to decide which one was the greatest. You can measure accomplishment by risk, time, quantity, selflessness, and willingness. Considering all these categories, I believe that helping people in need was her greatest achievement.

Before we compare all her accomplishments by each category, I want to rule out when she became a nurse and helped soldiers during the civil war. Although this accomplishment was great, it did not compare to all the other accomplishments. She helped soldiers for four years but compared to her all accomplishments, this was minuscule. If the average person was called to help others, they would do it and her accomplishment didn’t really affect people because if she wasn’t a nurse, other nurses would aid the soldiers. This accomplishment was not as significant as the other accomplishments and therefore, I won’t include it when we compare her accomplishments by categories.

The first category, risk, was how much Tubman risked...
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