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Early Years Her real name was Harriet Beecher Stowe Born as a salve on June 14 1820 on a plantation in Maryland There were 8 children in her family and she was the sixth When she was five her Mother died Her Father remarried one year later and in time had three more children Her Father always wanted her to be a boy When Harriet was only 13 years old she tried to stop a person from being whipped and went between the two people The white man hit her in the head with a shovel and she blacked out From then on she had awful migraines and would sometimes just collapse on the ground while she was working She served as a field hand and house servant on a Maryland plantation In 1844 she married John Tubman who was a free black In 1849 she escaped to the North where slaves could be free before the outbreak of the American Civil war In 1861 she made 19 trips back to help lead other slaves She led them to freedom along the clandestine route known as the Underground Railroad She also led an estimated 300 slaves to freedom including her mother and father and six of her 11 brothers and sisters Adult Years Harriets first rescue was in Baltimore where she led her sister Mary Ann Bowlet and her two children to the North In 1849 Harriet was to be sold to a slave trader She was taken from her husband and didnt know where she was going to end up She escaped that night She traveled only when it was dark and slept during the day She would hide in haystacks barns and houses Harriet would always carry a revolver during her many trips to the South because a slave who returned to slavery could reveal people who facilitated the passages of escapees by offering them
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