Harriet Tubman for KidsMar 01, 2020
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tubmanwas a former slave who helped free over 300 slaves and fought for equal rights for african americans and women throughout her extraordinary life and this is her story harriet tubman was born in the 1820s harriet tubman was i was born in the state of maryland you can see it right here on the map what was so sad about the state of maryland was that the state of maryland allowed something called slavery slavery was a terrible system that allowed that people owned other people as well as property in In this picture you can see how horrible this is.
These people are being sold as if they were their property, but they were people of incredible value who needed to be respected and shown dignity, but they were not slavery. It was horrible. Unfortunately, Harriet Tubman was born. slavery when she was born they named her araminta but they nicknamed her minty life as a slave was horrible she worked in the house cleaning and running errands they treated her terribly they beat her a lot and there were scars that she had for the rest of her life due to the way she was that they treated her an example of her terrible treatment sometimes she had to take care of the baby when the baby was sleeping if the baby woke up crying they whipped her they beat her and as we said some of those scars never left then when she was 12 years old they transferred her to the field and things got worse it was around this time that she suffered a terrible injury, had a two pound metal weight thrown at her head and was knocked unconscious.
She suffered for the rest of her life because of this incident. She had seizures. Sometimes she would just pass out or fall asleep. something tragic happened to her harriet tubman knew she had to escape it wasn't right for people to own other people she knew slavery was wrong and was willing to do whatever it took to be free after a coup of attempts she escaped into north to philadelphia city in pennsylvania a state that did not allow slavery that was amazing she was finally free think how she must have felt finally free from slavery now it was in philadelphia that she changed her name from minty to harriet harriet was a special name for her because it was her mother's name so she was free and that could have been the end of the story but that's not the end of the story this is the extraordinary thing about harriet tubman she wanted to help other people to escape too it wasn't just his freedom that mattered to him he didn't care about his own safety he wanted to help other people escape other people's freedom was so important to her as her own so she became a conductor for the underground railroad you might be thinking what does that mean what is a conductor a conductor was a guide for the underground railroad the underground railroad was made up of men and women who would help slaves escape and You could see in this image that these people were helping these slaves to gain freedom.
This was illegal and very dangerous. Underground Railroad conductors or guides would put their own lives at risk and especially Harriet Tubman who was a former slave whenever she helped save people. slavery she was putting her own life at risk and risked becoming a slave again harriet tubman did not use maps to guide people north to freedom she used the north star which is near the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper to the looking at the stars she was able to know which way to go to help these amazing people finally get totally free, she helped over 300 slaves escape which is why she had the nickname moses for leading so many of her people to the freedom in fact the story of moses from the bible was one of her great inspirations to help save so many people from slavery she also fought against slavery helping the union army during the civil war served as a nurse and as a spy for For the rest of her life, Harriet Tubman fought for equality not only for African-Americans but also for women arguing that women should have the right to vote.
She died in 1913 just seven years earlier. after women got the right to vote harriet tubman was honored with monuments and statues and a few years ago it was even announced that harriet tubman would appear on the twenty dollar bill her courage and strength still inspire millions of people today harriet tubman a former slave who helped free over 300 slaves and fought for equal rights for African Americans and women, she was selfless, not satisfied with being free herself, instead putting her own life in danger by being a railroad conductor underground and trying to help as many people as possible find freedom, oh and we didn't mention anyone he helped?
Through the Underground Railroad she got lost and did not find freedom each and every one of them was able to free themselves thanks to her help not one person was lost and even when they wanted to turn back and go back to slavery, she encouraged them to keep going . that you share them with others because the life of harriet tubman is very inspiring
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