Harriet Tubman - African American Abolitionist (Biography)

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Harriet Tubman - African American Abolitionist is the biography of Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the United States Civil War. After escaping from captivity, Tubman made thirteen missions to rescue over seventy slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Later she helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage. Born into slavery in ...
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Harriet Tubman - African American Abolitionist is the biography of Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the United States Civil War. After escaping from captivity, Tubman made thirteen missions to rescue over seventy slaves using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. Later she helped John Brown recruit men for his raid on Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era struggled for women's suffrage. Born into slavery in Dorchester County, Maryland, Tubman was beaten and whipped by her various owners as a child. In 1849, Tubman escaped to Philadelphia, then immediately returned to Maryland to rescue her family. Slowly, one group at a time, she brought relatives with her out of the state, and eventually guided dozens of other slaves to freedom. Traveling by night and in extreme secrecy, Tubman (or "Moses", as she was often called) "never lost a passenger". Heavy rewards were offered for many of the people she helped bring away, but no one ever knew it was Harriet Tubman who was helping them. When a far-reaching United States Fugitive Slave Law was passed in 1850, she helped guide fugitives further north into Canada, and helped newly-freed slaves find work. When the American Civil War began, Tubman worked for the Union Army, first as a cook and nurse, and then as an armed scout and spy. She was the first woman to lead an armed expedition in the war, and guided the raid on the Combahee River, which liberated more than seven hundred slaves. She was also active in the women's suffrage movement until illness overtook her and she had to be admitted to a home for elderly African-Americans that she had helped open years earlier. After Tubman died in 1913, she became an icon of American courage and freedom. Harriet Tubman - African American Abolitionist is highly recommended for those interested in reading more about this courageous woman.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781599863696
  • Publisher: Filiquarian Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/8/2008
  • Pages: 76
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.16 (d)

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