Who Was Harriet Tubman?

Who Was Harriet Tubman?

Yona Zeldis McDonough

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 044842889X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Born a slave in Maryland, Harriet Tubman knew first-hand what it meant to be someone's property; she was whipped by owners and almost killed by an overseer. It was from other field hands that she first heard about the Underground Railroad which she travelled by herself north to Philadelphia. Throughout her long life (she died at the age of ninety-two) and long after the Civil War brought an end to slavery, this amazing woman was proof of what just one person can do.

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born on Butler’s plantations, were brought to a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia. They were put in stalls meant for horses while they waited for the auction to begin. By the end of the two-day event, all of the slaves were sold away from the only home they had ever known. They would never see their family or friends again. * * * Minty’s mother told her stories from the Bible. From her mother, Minty learned about Moses. Moses had lived thousands of years before. He led his people, the

had a new owner who was more fair. His name was Dr. Anthony Thompson. Dr. Thompson hired Harriet and her father out to a builder named John Stewart. At first she swept, dusted, washed clothes, and made the beds in Mr. Stewart’s house. But she hated the work and asked if she could work outside with the men. Mr. Stewart agreed. Harriet worked alongside the men, cutting down trees and splitting logs. She was a good worker. Sometimes Mr. Stewart let her take other jobs. She even earned some money

find a needle on the dirt floor. Still, she kept working until the quilt was done. The finished quilt had many colors: yellow, purple, white, and green. It was the most beautiful thing she had ever owned. When she married John and went to live in his cabin, she took the quilt with her. John was happy with their life. He loved Harriet and liked the money she made. They had a cabin of their own. Life was good. But Harriet was not so content. What if her new owner wanted to sell her? She and

to be free, she would have to go north without John. One day Harriet was working in a field close to a road. A white woman drove up in a buggy. She wore the plain clothes of a Quaker. She began to talk to Harriet. She asked Harriet her name and how she got the scar on her forehead. Harriet knew Quakers didn’t believe in slavery. She could talk to the white woman. She could trust her. The woman came again on other days. If no one was watching them, they spoke. She told Harriet that if she ever

Harriet Tubman. All the money it earned would go to Harriet. That same year, Harriet married Nelson Davis. They had met when he was fighting for the North in one of the black brigades. Nelson was a handsome man twenty years younger than Harriet, but he had come down with tuberculosis, a disease that affected the lungs. He needed caring for, too. Harriet’s first husband, John Tubman, had been killed in Maryland in 1867. Harriet had never really had the chance to make a home or raise a family

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