In honor of Black History Month, we will be doing short synopses every other day about different African Americans who helped shape and change the world.
Synopsis One: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad
Born into slavery, she faced many difficulties, one being hit in the head with a metal weight so hard by her master that caused brain damage that later developed into epilepsy. Also while enslaved, she married an African American man who was free which later caused many difficulties in their relationship. Her slave status led to divorce seven years later.
Harriet tried escaping from her masters once before with her brothers but shortly after had to return. Soon after, Harriet Tubman escaped slavery by herself, and, because her route to freedom was successful, she returned 13 other times to save nearly 70 enslaved people. She saved them by using the Underground Railroad, which was a route to Canada (The Promise Land) that was 90 miles long. The 90 mile trip to Canada on foot took three weeks and five days.
To conclude, Harriet Tubman is one strong woman who lived a long life. Though she was born into slavery, she died peacefully as a free woman knowing that she had saved many lives.