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Interviewer Ladies and gentlemen she was called the Moses of her people theGeneral and the Woman of her time She led more than 300 fugitive slaves tofreedom Lets welcome Harriet Tubman to the showHarriet Thank you Its nice to be with all you fine folks todayInterviewer Can you first fill us in on your childhood yearsHarriet Gladly I was born into slavery on a plantation in Dorchester County Marylandin 1821 From an early age I worked as a field hand and was brutally beaten Oncewhen I was in a store getting a couple things for my master a man threw a large sack tohis slave but she missed and it hit me in the head From then on I passed out frequentlyInterviewer Wow Sounds like you had it pretty rough What got you through thosehard times Mrs TubmanHarriet My religious faith in God got me through all of it I believed that God wantedsomething more for his people rather than slavery So I decided to escapeInterviewer Thats quite a risk to takeespecially in those timesHarriet Yes thats true but I was willingly to do almost anything for my freedom Atthe age of 25 my master died so I ran away as quickly as possible If I hadnt I wouldhave been sold to another master I made this escape through the Underground RailroadInterviewer that sounds interesting Can you please describe what the UndergroundRailroad is exactlyHarriet Why sure It was neither underground nor a railroad It was just a secret codeword we used for the escape route we took to the northInterviewer What a creative way to escape from the he brutalities of slaveryHarriet After I escaped I vowed to return to help my fellow slaves I traveled onSunday because machinery was down so posters offering rewards for my capture couldntbe printed until MondayInterviewer There were actual rewards for your captureHarriet Oh yes one planter offered 40000 for my capture and return whether dead oraliveInterviewer Were you
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