[2015] Kristin Cravens: Harriet Tubman

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[2015] Kristin Cravens: Harriet Tubman

"Moses of her people"

Harriet Tubman

1819 Birth. Araminta Ross [Harriet Tubman] was born into slavery in 1819 or 1820, in Dorchester County, Maryland.

Harriet Tubman is well known for risking her life as a “conductor” in the Underground Railroad, which led escaped slaves to freedom in the North.

Brief Biography of Harriet Tubman

TEKS Thrid Grade(14) Culture. The student understands the role of heroes in shaping the culture of communities, the state, and the nation. The student is expected to:(A) identify and compare the heroic deeds of state and national heroes, including Hector P. Garcia and James A. Lovell, and other individuals such as Harriet Tubman, Juliette Gordon Low, Todd Beamer, Ellen Ochoa, John "Danny" Olivas, and other contemporary heroes;

By finding the “drinking gourd” in the sky, people traveling at night could always find the North Star.

Tubman made 19 trips to Maryland and helped 300 people to freedom. She led them safely to the northern free states and to Canada. During these dangerous journeys she helped rescue members of her own family, including her 70-year-old parents.

At one point, rewards for Tubman's capture totaled $40,000. Yet, she was never captured and never failed to deliver her "passengers" to safety. As Tubman herself said, "On my Underground Railroad I [never] run my train off [the] track [and] I never [lost] a passenger."

During the Civil War Harriet Tubman worked for the Union as a cook, a nurse, and even a spy. After the war she settled in Auburn, New York, where she would spend the rest of her long life. She died in 1913.


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