Harriet Tubman (Leaders of the Civil War Era) by Ann Malaspina

By Ann Malaspina

Born Araminta Ross, Harriet Tubman was once a former slave who grew to become an abolitionist and a undercover agent for the Union military throughout the Civil battle. Tubman is most renowned for rescuing greater than 70 runaway slaves through the use of a community of secure homes owned through different abolitionists referred to as the Underground Railroad.

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After a short rest, Tubman and her parents went on to New York City and then to Rochester, in upstate New York. Quaker families let them stay in their homes in both cities. Finally, Tubman led her parents over the Canadian border to Ontario, where her brothers and their families were living. At last, most of the family was united in freedom. Home at Last In 1859, Tubman moved her parents to Auburn, a small town in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Slavery had been abolished in New York in 1827, and many free blacks had settled in and around Auburn, in Cayuga County.

Tubman probably arrived by boat on the banks of the Choptank River, perhaps after having traveled through Baltimore and getting help from abolitionists along the way. The brothers and several other slaves, including a woman, were waiting for Tubman near Ben Ross and Rittia Green’s cabin. As Tubman’s mother prepared food for Christmas, the fugitives hid in a small outbuilding, waiting for the safest time to get away. Tubman had not seen her mother in six years and had missed her terribly. She did not dare to let the older woman know she was nearby, however.

He described Tubman like this: a woman of no pretensions, indeed, a more ordinary specimen of humanity could hardly be found among the most unfortunate-looking farm hands of the South.  . she was without her equal. Tubman also was acquainted with James and Lucretia Mott, leaders in the antislavery and women’s rights movements, and many others. Lucretia Mott would remain her friend for many years. Still, it was hard for Tubman to enjoy her freedom while her relatives, slave and free, remained in a slave state.

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