Harriet Tubman: Antislavery Activist (Black Americans of by Marian Taylor, Heather Lehr Wagner PDF

By Marian Taylor, Heather Lehr Wagner

Describes the lifetime of the full of life abolitionist, together with her origins as a slave in Maryland, her function as a "conductor" for the Underground Railroad, her carrier to the Union in the course of the Civil warfare, and her position in constructing an old-age domestic for Afro-Americans.

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It was on these pilgrimages that she met and befriended such giants of the movement as Frederick Douglass, Gerrit Smith, J. W. Loguen, and John Brown, the man who would most inspire her. ” Already, people were calling her Moses. She traveled light and she traveled fast. She knew the places where it was safe to hide: drainage ditches, hedges, and abandoned sheds or tobacco barns. Sometimes, she concealed her fugitives in potato holes, board-lined pits where farmers stored their winter vegetables.

She knew the land, she said; she had crossed it herself. She could leave at once. Time was growing short, and the mission would have to be accomplished quickly. Reluctantly, Still agreed to let Tubman try. A FRIEND WITH FRIENDS On the day of the Cambridge auction, a black man claiming to belong to the auctioneer came to the slave pen during the noontime break. He gave the guard an official-looking letter, requesting him to turn the female captive and her children over to the bearer; the slaves, said the letter, were to be taken to the hotel where the auctioneer was having lunch.

It was cold, in the month of March; but having confidence in her Guide, she went in; the water came up to her armpits; the men refused to follow till they saw her safe on the opposite shore. They then followed, and if I mistake not, she had soon to wade a second stream; soon after which she came to a cabin of colored people, who took them all in, put them to bed, and dried their clothes, ready to proceed next night on their journey. HARRIET TUBMAN 40 Tubman’s return route took her past a number of Underground Railroad stations, or safe houses.

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