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Her name deserves to be handed down to posterity side by side with the names of Jeanne DArc Grace Darling and Florence Nightingale for not one of these women noble and brave as they were has shown more courage and power of endurance in facing danger and death to relieve human suffering than this poor black woman 4 In 1850 Harriet Tubman succeeded with her first attempt in freeing slaves from the South Nineteen more attempts would be performed during the time she worked in the Underground Railroad of the 1850s Her pursuit of abolitionism would continue with her efforts in the Civil War as a nurse and scout Harriets work in the Underground Railroad and as a scout for the North in the Civil War made her a hero against slavery Araminta Ross was either born in 1820 or 1821 on a plantation in Dorchester County Maryland Records were not kept of slave births so her birthdate is a mystery She was a fortunate slave girl because she had her mother by her side to raise her It was common to have a slave mother and her children split apart by the slave trade Araminta had barely any clothes to wear usually just a soiled cotton dress She slept as close to the fire as possible on cold nights and sometimes stuck her toes into the smoldering ashes to avoid frostbite Cornmeal was her main source of nutrition and occasionally meat of some kind as her family had the privilege to hunt and fish Most of her early childhood was spent with her grandmother who was too old for slave labor At age six Araminta was old enough to be considered able to work She did not work in the fields though Edward Brodas her master lent her to a couple who first put her to work weaving When she slacked off at this job the couple gave
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