Frederick Douglass

Mini Research Assignment


                                            Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman was born with the name Araminta Harriet Ross and she was born on March 1822 in Dorchester County, Maryland, U.S. She was born to enslaved parents, "Rit" and Ben Tubman. The man's overseer demanded that Tubman help restrain the runaway and when Harriet refused, the overseer threw a two-pound weight that struck her in the head. Tubman endured seizures, severe headaches and narcoleptic episodes for the rest of her life. She was lashed five times before breakfast, she carried the scars for the rest of her life. She made use of the network known as the Underground Railroad to travel nearly 90 miles to Philadelphia. She escaped slavery  in 1849 with her two brother but her brothers had second thoughts and went back. Tubman made it her mission to rescue her family and others living in slavery. Harriet Tubman remained active during the Civil War. Working for the Union Army as a cook and nurse, Tubman quickly became an armed scout and spy. She died on March 10, 1913 (aged 91) in Auburn, New York, U.S.

“When I found I had crossed that line, I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven.”

                                                                                           -Harriet Tubman