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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Harriet Tubman was put to work when she was six–years–old because she was a slave.  She ran away to the North to be free when she grew up.  She went back to the South many times to help others slaves run away, too.  She took them on the Underground Railroad.  It was not a train but was the path to the houses of friends.  The friends gave slaves food and a place to hide on the way to freedom.

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Harriet did not like to work indoors and her masters routinely beat her. By her early teens, Harriet was no longer allowed to work indoors and was hired out as a field hand. She was a hard worker but considered defiant and rebellious. When she was 15 years old, Harriet tried to help a runaway slave. The overseer hit her in the head with a lead weight which put Harriet in a coma. It took months for her to recover and for the rest of her life, Harriet suffered from blackouts.

"I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land."

Harriet Tubman


*Citizenship section select ideas derived from Citizenship, Learning to Live as Responsible Citizens, published by Good Apple, Inc.

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