Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Harriet Tubman's Major Contributions

Hannah 10-13-07
Major Contributions
Harriet Tubman was born a slave her problem was, she had a hard time excepting that fact. At the early age of five she began her life as a laborer without wages. Harriet, her siblings and her parents were beaten daily and were treated brutally. This showed Harriet that the lifestyle of “slavery” was not worth living. Harriet watched her owner, Edward Brodas raised slaves to lend them to people or sell them. Harriet saw her two sisters being chained and dragged through the streets to be sold. That was the day Harriet began to think there had to be a change to the life of slavery.

At fifteen years old Harriet made her first try to help a run away slave. In 1849 Edward Brodas died, many slaves were supposed to be sold. Harriet made her escape that night. When Harriet planned her escaped she remembered a white lady told her if she needed any help to go to her. This lady gave Harriet the directions to a house that would help her. In that house a plan was made ahead of time to quickly get Harriet out of the south. One home led to another home all the way to Philadelphia. This route was called the Underground Railroad. From 1850 to 1860 Harriet disguised herself and took 11 to 13 trips back to the south rescuing slaves and her family. In 1851she relocated some of her family to Ontario, Canada. Through her Life she has rescued more than 300 slaves. They hide by day and traveled by night. During the Civil War she worked as a nurse, laundress, scout and encouraged slaves to join a union.

Harriet became known as the “Moses of her people” this angered many people. Life for Harriet was now in Auburn, New York where she even began to support woman’s rights. In 1908 Harriet built a home for aged ,homeless, and sick African-American people. She lived and worked in that home until 1913 when she died at 93 years old. Harriet was buried with military honors. She lived to see President Abraham Lincoln make slavery illegal in the United States Of America. Harriet Tubman was a brave and courageous woman who was not afraid to fight for the rights of African- Americans. Today there is a U.S postage stamp remembering her bravery.




Bibliography
www.incwell.com/biographies/tubman.html
www.nyhistory.com/harriettubman/life.html
www.harriettubmanbiography.com/_wsn/page14.html

1 comment:

Miri Rubin said...

Great blog! Keep on blogging!