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Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter - Preface

Harriet Tubman, photo online via the Library of Congress. Public Domain. 

I had reasoned this out in my mind,
there was one of two things I had a right to,
liberty and death; if I could not have one,
I would have the other.

Harriet Tubman

In or around 1820 (no one is certain of the exact date as birth records were not kept then), a baby girl was born near Chesapeake Bay in Maryland.  Her mother loved her—just as she loved her other 10 children—and named her Araminta and called her "Minty." 
 
Even from that day, Minty's mother knew this little baby was going to have a hard life, as she already had many things going against her.
 
First, she was born female in a society where women did not have the same rights that men enjoyed.  They couldn't vote, buy or sell property, and education for women was thought "unnecessary," and generally were not smart enough to be a leader.
 
Second, she was born black.  In the early 1800's black people were thought to be inferior to white people and were looked down on throughout society.
 
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, she was born a slave.  
 
In America, in the the early 1800s, black people could be legally treated as property.  They could be bought and sold, and they were to work for their owner without pay. The livelihood of slaves depended entirely on their owners, and they had rules imposed on them on what they could and could not do.  
 
Minty's parents were both slaves; therefore Minty, at birth, was also a slave and was the property of Edward Brodas, who farmed crops and sold lumber.
 
With so much against her from the start, who would have ever predicted that this baby girl would grow into one of the most courageous and fearless fighters against slavery that the United States would ever know.
 
This is her story.

Original Release: Sep 11, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Sep 20, 2016


Footnotes:
1) opkis, Sarah, Harriet Tubman: The Moses of Her People, http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/harriet/summary.html, Aug/23/1886, Aug/23/2015, http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/harriet/summary.html

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