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1 Harriet Tubman By Mrs. Beasley

2 Early Life Harriet was born into slavery in 1819 or 1820 in Dorcester County, Maryland. Both of Harriet’s parents were slaves. At age 25, Harriet married John Tubman, a free African American. cgi-bin/id/A0001541.html

3 Harriet’s Escape After her marriage, Harriet began to fear that she would be sold South. She was aided in her escape by an existing Underground Railroad. Put in a wagon and covered with a sack, Harriet was smuggled to Philadelphia, PA.

4 The Underground Railroad Harriet began her work in the Underground Railroad because she wanted to save members of her own family. Harriet is believed to have helped over 300 people to freedom.

5 Handbill Warning Slaves Against Slave Catchers UndergroundRR/dbq.htm

6 “On my Underground Railroad, I never ran my train off the track, and I never lost a passenger.” -- Harriet Tubman

7 M ap of the Underground Railroad. underground_railroad.html

8 Interesting Facts Quilts were used as codes to help escaping slaves find their way to an Underground Railroad contact.

9 Interesting Facts Harriet served as a soldier, spy and nurse in the Civil War. Harriet was not allowed to be paid for her service. Harriet was an active supporter of women’s rights.

10 Comprehension Questions Why did Harriet begin her work on the Underground Railroad? About how many slaves is Harriet believed to have helped to freedom? Name an interesting fact about Harriet Tubman.

11 Works Cited Denenberg, Dennis, and Roscoe, Lorraine. 50 American Heroes Every Kid Should Meet. Brookfield, Connecticut: Millbrook Press, 2001. Harriet Tubman: February 9, 2005. The Life of Harriet Tubman. February 9, 2005. Salvucci, Stuckey. Call to Freedom. Austin, TX: Harcourt, Brace, 2000.

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