Contribution Of Harriet Tubman

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Much of nineteenth century America was characterized by slavery. This issue affected the entire country as the morality of slavery was questioned. That and other disputes led to the start of the Civil War. Many people came together to end this conflict and bring peace back to America. One of these people, Harriet Tubman, called the “Moses” of the Civil War, influenced her people and the rest of America by leading hundreds of slaves from bondage in the South to freedom in the North. She also played an influential role in the abolition movement and had an active part in the Civil War. In the early 1820s, Harriet Ross gave birth to a baby girl, Araminta “Minty” Ross, who would later come to be known as Harriet Tubman. In the first years of her …show more content…
Considered one of the greatest conductors along the Underground Railroad, Tubman used the stars and other resources to find her way north and lead many others to freedom. She went on at least ten trips back into the South to help escaped slaves after she herself escaped slavery and reached the free states (“Harriet Tubman” History.com n.pag.). She risked her life numerous times to participate in the Underground Railroad. Tubman used the resources available to the agents and conductors of the Underground Railroad to help her in her quest: many safe houses, wagons for transport, food, and clothing. She went back into the South to not only help her own family escape, but also other families and slaves as well. Harriet Tubman was known to many of these slaves as “General Tubman” and “Moses” because of her reliability and success in her journeys leading the African Americans out of slavery to freedom, just like the biblical character. She never lost a “passenger” along the Underground Railroad and was even known to threaten people if they began to doubt the success of the escape (“Tubman, Harriet” n.pag.). Tubman did not want any slaves to be able to tell their masters who had escaped, who had helped them, and any of the routes they may have used (“Harriet Tubman” History.com n.pag.). Sources disagree on how many trips Tubman took for these rescues and the number of slaves she led to freedom, but …show more content…
After the war, she continued working at an army hospital treating wounded black soldiers. When she left the hospital, she returned to assisting former slaves integrate themselves into the community. However, Tubman was frustrated. She had not been compensated for her work during the war and was struggling financially. This was especially difficult after a train incident where the conductor tried to force her to move to another car. She left the altercation with a broken arm and a couple other various injuries (Larson 232). As Tubman continued to struggle physically and financially, she set out to achieve a life-long goal: a home for elderly and needy African Americans. In 1903, Tubman was able to open the Harriet Tubman Home for Aged and Indigent Colored People (Wainwright n.pag.). Unfortunately, Tubman’s health continued to decline and she herself was admitted into the home. Tubman died in 1913 from pneumonia (“Harriet Tubman” n.pag.). Even as an older woman, Harriet Tubman was able to minister to the people she cared for and make a difference in her society. She was an inspiration to all African Americans and portrayed a moving message of determination and

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