Born Into Slavery

Born Into Slavery

  • Submitted By: godsg21
  • Date Submitted: 02/03/2009 5:42 PM
  • Category: Biographies
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Harriet Ross Tubman was born in 1822 into slavery on the eastern shore of Maryland. She had an adopted daughter named Gertie Davis and a husband named Nelson Davis. She was the fifth of nine children. Harriet was born in late February on Anthony Thompson’s plantation. At five years old, Harriet was rented to neighbors to do housework. She was never good at doing household chores, and was beaten regularly. When she was fifteen, she deliberately jumped in the way of an overseer pursuing an uncooperative fellow slave and was hit by the heavyweight. She suffered a severe concussion, which caused her to have periodic “sleeping spells”.

Harriet was a slave for most of her life. Her contribution was so important because it led so many slaves to freedom. She was the organizer of the Underground Railroad. Harriet Tubman had first arrived in Philadelphia, which at that time, under the law, She was a free woman. Because of her and the Underground Railroad, I can honestly say we are free and have the freedom we have today.

A year after her escape, the Fugitive Law was passed, which made her status change to being a fugitive slave and at that time all citizens were obligated under the law to aid in her recapture and return. She was a wonderful person. She was always thinking of other people instead of herself. I highly doubt anybody had anything bad to say about her, except for the slave owners that is. Harriet had to overcome the obstacle of being a slave and becoming older and wiser, also overcoming the obstacle of being a runaway slave on the run. The most impressive thing about her was her strong will.

I think the author wrote about her because she was inspired just as much as I was. The author had an inspirational attitude towards her. The author gives good aspects about her, but she gives good and bad Aspects about her life and what she went through. In the book and the way she organizes the story, you would think that she was a slave herself.


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