Harriet Tubman

1820-1913

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Born into slavery on a farm in Maryland, Tubman was determined to be free. She knew others had managed to escape, and, by following the North Star, she made her way to freedom. As a conductor on the "Underground Railroad": she returned to the South nineteen times, leading over three hundred people to freedom without losing one life in the process. Between trips she earned her living as a cook in a boardinghouse in Canada. During the Civil War she served for three years as a nurse, spy, and scout for the Union Army. After the war she founded two schools, worked for woman suffrage, and opened a home for the aged.

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    Civil War Period and Reconstruction, American Civil War, Civil Rights, Slavery, Underground Railroad, Abolition, Civics and Government, African American, Women's Suffrage, Black History Month, Women's History Month
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