Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom
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Born into slavery, Harriet Tubman’s first act of rebellion was to run away from her owner in 1849. Called the ‘Moses’ of her people, Tubman (c. 1820-1913) was the only woman, and the only black, who became a conductor on the Underground Railroad, She led about 70 slaves, in a dozen or so raids, to their freedom in the north of America. Tubman went on to become a cook, nurse, scout, and spy for the Union Army in the American Civil War (1861-65), and the only woman to lead a troop of some 300 men. After the end of the Civil War, and the emancipation of all slaves, Tubman continued her fight for racial justice. She also campaigned for women’s right to vote. In 2016, the Treasury of the United States of America announced that Tubman would feature on the $20 bill.
Catherine Clinton, “Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed September 29, 2023, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/11312.