Harriet Tubman: Great Dreams begin with a Dreamer

I grew up like a neglected weed – ignorant of liberty, having no experience of it.

I had crossed the line. I was free; but there was no one to welcome me to the land of freedom. I was a stranger in a strange land.

Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.

I looked at my hands, to see if I was the same person now that I was free. There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over de fields, and I felt like I was in heaven.

If I could have convinced more slaves that they were slaves, I could have freed thousands more.

I would fight for my liberty so long as my strength lasted, and if the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me.

 

A Short Biography

Harriet Tubman is known for her ‘underground railroad’. During a ten-year span she makes 19 trips into the Southern states and escorts over 300 slaves to freedom. And, as she once proudly points out to Frederick Douglass, in all of her journeys she “never lost a single passenger.”

Harriet Tubman is born a slave in Maryland’s Dorchester County around 1820. At age five or six, she begins to work as a house servant. Seven years later she is sent to work in the fields.

In 1849, in fear that she, along with the other slaves on the plantation, is to be sold, Tubman resolves to run away. She follows the North Star by night, making her way to Pennsylvania and soon after to Philadelphia, where she find work and saves her money.

The following year she returns to Maryland and escorts her sister and her sister’s two children to freedom. She makes the dangerous trip back to the South soon after to rescue her brother and two other men.

Tubman returns to the South again and again. She even carries a gun, which she used to threaten the fugitives if they become too tired or decided to turn back, telling them, “You’ll be free or die.”

During the Civil War Harriet Tubman works for the Union as a cook, a nurse, and even a spy. After the war she settles in Auburn, New York, where she spends the rest of her long life. She dies in 1913.

 

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