Meet the bravest woman of this Continent!!
We hear a lot about brave men and women. But this particular story is about the woman who was not considered to be a normal human being like us, a woman who was born into a family of slaves but escaped the evil of slavery and rescued 70 enslaved people.
Harriet Tubman, born a slave in Dorchester County in 1822, Maryland, had a really rough childhood. She was beaten and whipped by her various masters and she even suffered a severe head injury as an enraged slave owner threw a heavy metal weight which hit her head.
Later at the age of 22, she married a black John Tubman. But in 1849, when she got to know that the slaves were to be sold, she ran away. She followed North Star by night, making her way to Pennsylvania and soon to Philadelphia, where she found work and saved her money.
The next year, she went back to Maryland to rescue her sister and her sister’s children. She continued making such dangerous trips to the south to rescue her relatives and all other slaves seeking freedom. She became a hero in the world of slavery and was called ‘’ Moses’’ as she never lost a single passenger.
Later on she even helped other abolitionist such as John Brown to plan and recruit supporters for the raid on Harpers Ferry. He conferred her with the title of “General Tubman” and once said that she was “one of the bravest persons on this continent.”
Harriet, who was reduced to a slave from birth, went on to become a political activist urging for universal suffrage. She also worked for the Union as a cook, a nurse, and even a spy during the Civil War.
Harriet was one of those people who are remembered forever for their bravery, courage and compassion. She has become an icon of American courage and an inspiration to all the African Americans.
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