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Harriet Tubman Ross was born in Dorchester County Maryland in 1820 Her parents worked as slaves on a the Brodas Plantation Edward Bordas the plantation owner produced lumber along with raising and selling slaves By the age of five Harriet was hired out as a laborer Harriet did not like to work indoors and was routinely beaten by her masters By her early teens she was no longer allowed to work indoors and was hired out as a field hand She was a hard worker but was considered defiant and rebellious When she was 15 years old Harriet tired to help a runaway slave The overseer hit her in the head with a lead weight which put Harriet in a coma It took months for her to recover and for the rest of her life Harriet would suffer from blackouts In 1844 Harriet married a free black man named John Tubman Harriet remained a slave but she was able to stay in Tubmans cabin at night Harriet lived in fear of being sent to the deep south a virtual death sentence for any slave though married this still weighed heavy on her mind In 1849 her fears became reality when the owner of the Brodas Plantations died and many of the slaves were scheduled to be sold After hearing of her fate Harriet planned to escape that very night She knew her husband would expose her so the only person she informed was her sister Harriet made the 90 mile trip to the Mason-Dixon line with the help of contacts along the Underground Railroad She had to hike through swamps and woodlands Her trip was successful and she settled in Philadelphia Harriet worked as a dishwasher and made plans to rescue her family The next year Harriet traveled back to Maryland and rescued her sisters family She then returned once again to transport her brothers to the north She also went back for her husband
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