Harriot Tubman Essay

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Black History Month: Harriet Tubman Black History Month is a month that is celebrated by African-Americans and others. It’s a time to reflect on civil rights leaders around their movement. This Black History Month, I choose to write about Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman played a big part in the civil rights movement and other various acts. Harriet was known for several things. She was an abolitionist, humanitarian, union spy during the Civil War and last but not least, she was best known for escaping from slavery. Harriet Tubman was born in the year 1820. She was born and raised in Dorchester County, Maryland where she was born into slavery. Tubman really didn’t have much of a childhood. There were responsibilities to be taken care of as a child. Tubman’s mother wasn’t around due to her mother being assigned to the “Big House”. As slaves in the United States, there were no documents recorded about her ancestry. So, as far as she knew, she belonged to slave owners. In 1849, Tubman became ill and her value as a slave was diminished. As a result, her master, Edward Brodess tried to sell her, but could not find a buyer. Tubman’s instinct was to take her two brothers and escape the plantation. She had come up with a better idea. Ironically, she chose to kill her slave owner. She then began her journey with her two brothers. She protected them as well as herself. TUbman and her brothers Ben and Harry escaped from slavery on September 17, 1849. Since her escape, Harriet and her brothers had returned to the plantation because Ben was expecting a child real soon. Two weeks later Harriet escaped again, this time without her brothers. The night before she left, Tubman tried to send word to her family. Tubman located Mary, a former slave. She had trusted her and sang a song of farewell. Tubman then made use of the extensive

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