Harriet Tubman’s Fight Against Slavery
Harriet Tubman was a very accomplished woman with many great aspects under her belt. Using the underground railroad Harrietr’s greatest accomplishment will bring down slavery freeing over 300 slaves. This meant the north aided in the escape of the slaves from the south, as a result, this made the south angrier leading to the civil war.
In Dorchester County, Maryland in the early 1800r’s Harriet Tubman was born into slavery. Her name was originally Araminta Ross later changing it to Harriet after her mother. Araminta (Harriet) was one of eleven children and the daughter of Harriet Green & Benjamin Ross. All throughout Harrietr’s childhood she experienced a system of slavery in which she was isolated from the rest of her family. Harrietr’s childhood only lasted a few years by the age six and seven she was considered an adult and had to work. For all of Harrietr’s jobs, she was forced to do them for the most part independently. Some of Tubmanr’s jobs included being a nursemaid looking after younger children, she was also hired out to be a hunter and trapper and a weaver breaking flax. If the owners she worked for werent happy with the results of her work or satisfied enough she was whipped servilely.
The main reason Harriet Tubman fought so hard for her beliefs and for her freedom stemmed from her hardships in life and the conditions she was raised in. She was constantly whipped, she was even hit with a heavy iron weight crushing her skull making it a lot harder for her down the road. When Harriet was around twenty years old, she married a free black man named John Tubman hoping she would become free herself. Unfortunately, it did not work in her favor and later Harrietr’s owner dies and she risked being sold like her sisters. This is when Harriet took the opportunity to escape through the underground railroad. Tubman risked being captured, her ears being cropped off (cut) and being branded as she traveled from Maryland to Pennsylvania. Harriet had freed herself and now intended to free her family and others as well.
As Harriet started to free the slave’s congress was handling matters of slavery because if slavery was outlawed the southerners threatened to leave the union. In around 1850 the fugitive slave act was passed, and all citizens had to return runaway slaves. This also meant that even if you were a free slave you could still be charged as a runaway slave like the former freed slaves that were sent back to slavery. For Harriet, this meant that she had to be extremely careful that she nor her followers were caught. Because of the changed made by the fugitive slave act, Harriet Tubman decided to redirect the underground railroad so that it would lead to Canada because their slavery was completely banned. Although It was a lot tougher on Tubman, she continued to make trips back and forth, in fact, she never lost a single passenger.
After saving her niece and kids from getting sold Harriet returned to Maryland for her husband to discover he was remarried and had no desire to be with her any longer. Harriet becomes very well known in the north for all her hard work. She no longer worked alone she was accompanied by abolitionists who were important to her. People that vindicated the abolition of slavery by helping with food clothes and shelter guiding the slaves to freedom. Two of the most compelling abolitionists who helped Harriet were William Still and Thomas Garrett and the most influential Frederick Douglass. Garett had provided Harriet with all of his money and supplies, he made sure she was safe through her journey. On the other hand, Fredrick compared himself as being very different from Harriet. He felt he had done his antislavery work in the light with encouragement as Harriet had done hers in the dark. Fedrick applauded Harriet for being so brave and strong hearted as he stated I know of no one who has willingly encountered more perils and hardships to serve our enslaved people than you have
At this time Harrietr’s actions had led up to the Civil War. During this time Tubmanr’s role was working side by side with the men in the Union army. She was set on helping the united states helping fight for everyoner’s freedom. Harriet Also served as a spy reporting to the army and aiding left behind blacks.
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