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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born a slave on a plantation in Maryland. Her birth name was Araminta Ross but she took the name of her mother, Harriet when she was thirteen.

She lived in a one room cabin with her family. When she was only six, she was loaned to another family where she helped take care of a baby. Later, she worked a number of jobs on the plan-tation such as plowing fields and loading produce.

She became strong doing manual labor. At thirteen, Harriet re-ceived a head injury. A slave owner tried to throw an iron weight at one of his slaves, but hit Harriet instead. It almost killed her and for the rest of her life she had dizzy spells and blackouts.

During this time there were states in the northern United States where slavery was outlawed. Slaves would try to escape to the north using the Underground Railroad. This wasn't a real railroad. It was a number of safe homes (called stations) that hid slaves as they traveled north...

Learn more about Harriet Tubman in today's Famous American Women!

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