Chapter 1: "The Quarter"
• Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 at the Brodas plantation in Tidewater, Maryland.
• The author illustrates the juxtaposition of the Brodas’s large house with the one-room windowless cabins of the slave quarters.
• Manumission refers to the act of a slave owner freeing his slaves, and many of the slaves pinned their hopes on the promise that they would be manumitted if they worked hard.
• Harriet was called Araminta, later shortened to Minta or Minty.
• 1820 was also the year of the Missouri Compromise and the year that Thomas and Sarah Garrett moved from Darby, Pennsylvania, to Wilmington, Delaware.
Chapter 2: "The First Years"
• Harriet was called “Minta” or “Minty” as a baby, and she was taken care of by an elderly woman who watched all the slave children while their parents worked during the days.
• When Harriet was two years old, Denmark Vesey was hanged after an...
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