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Harriet Tubman: Symbol of Freedom


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• Part 2: Her Successes

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Part 1: Her Early Life

Harriet Tubman was one of the most famous Black Americans who ever lived. Herself a runaway slave, she courageously escorted more than 300 slaves (including her own elderly parents) to safety during the Civil War.

She was born in 1820 into slavery, in Maryland, the sixth of 11 children. She was separated from the rest of her family when she was very young. She was forced to work long, hard hours from the time she was 7.

While she was a teenager, she stepped in between her master and another slave he was beating and got a fractured skull for her efforts. She suffered sleeping spells for the rest of her life.

A few years later, she married a free man but remained a slave. In 1849, she escaped to freedom in Philadelphia.

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