Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was an escaped slave. She helped so many of her black people that
she became known as "Moses of Her People." During the civil war she
served the union army as a nurse, spy, cook, and scout. She was also conductor
on the Underground Railroad. She was a very heroic woman. Harriet Tubman was
born on plantation near Bucktown about 1820. She was one of eleven children of a
slave couple. At seven years old she was hired out to do housework and care for
white children on nearby farms. Later she became a field hand. When she was a
teenager she was struck on the head. As a result of the blow, she fell asleep a
few times a day for the rest of her life. Hard work toughened her, and before
she was 19 she was as strong as the men she worked with were. In Philadelphia,

Pa, and later in Cape May, NJ, Harriet Tubman worked as a maid in hotels and
clubs. By December 1850 she had saved up enough money to make the first of her
nineteen daring journeys back into the south. She went back the lead other
slaves out of bondage. In 1851 she returned for her husband to find that he had


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