Harriet Tubman

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Born into slavery in Maryland, in about 1820, Harriet Tubman suffered many injustices before her escape to freedom in Philadelphia. At a young age, she was hired out to work as a nursemaid and a field hand. She was beaten often. As a teenager, Tubman suffered a traumatic head wound when an angry slave owner threw a heavy weight at another slave and hit Tubman instead. The injury caused her to endure seizures, headaches, and hallucinations for the rest of her life. After she made her way to freedom, she risked ...

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Born into slavery in Maryland, in about 1820, Harriet Tubman suffered many injustices before her escape to freedom in Philadelphia. At a young age, she was hired out to work as a nursemaid and a field hand. She was beaten often. As a teenager, Tubman suffered a traumatic head wound when an angry slave owner threw a heavy weight at another slave and hit Tubman instead. The injury caused her to endure seizures, headaches, and hallucinations for the rest of her life. After she made her way to freedom, she risked everything to become a "conductor" on the Underground Railroad. She eventually rescued more than 70 slaves from captivity. With the outbreak of the Civil War, Tubman worked as a nurse and a cook, and led spy missions into Confederate territory. After the war, Tubman spoke out for women's equality and helped the poor in her Upstate New York community. A true American hero, Tubman was known to the world as "the Moses of her people." To her friends, she was, simply, "Aunt Harriet."

From ex-slaves and abolitionists to military leaders and presidents, Leaders of the Civil War Era presents a full picture of some of the most important figures who lived during this tumultuous time in U.S. history. Each volume is a key resource for students and general readers who want to know more about the people who shaped our country into what it is today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604133035
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Series: Leaders of the Civil War Era Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 "No Sweet, No Sugar" 7

2 "Liberty, or Death" 20

3 "The Midnight Sky and the Silent Stars" 35

4 A Home of Her Own 52

5 Nurse and Spy 69

6 A Country Still Divided 83

7 The Moses of Her People 96

Chronology and Timeline 106

Glossary 109

Bibliography 110

Further Resources 113

Picture Credits 115

Index 116

About the Author 120

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