Harriet Tubman - Research Article from Activists, Rebels and Reformers

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Born 1820 or 1821
Dorchester County, Maryland
Died March 10, 1913
Auburn, New York

Fugitive slave, abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, and Union army spy

Harriet Tubman. Reproduced by permission of Corbis Corporation (Bellevue).

Harriet Tubman, an escaped slave, was the most famous of all “conductors” on the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was an elaborate system of safe houses and secret routes through which slaves escaped to freedom beginning in the 1840s. The escape routes stretched from southern slave states (primarily Kentucky, Delaware, and Maryland), to northern states and Canada, where slavery was illegal. “Conductors” were people who ventured into the American South to pick up slaves and lead them to freedom.

After her escape in 1849, Tubman returned to the South nineteen times and rescued hundreds of slaves. Among the slaves she liberated were her elderly parents and ten of her brothers and sisters. Tubman never lost a passenger. She was never captured, despite a...

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