Harriett Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad by Ann Lane Petry Biography

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Harriett Tubman: Conductor of The Underground Railroad

"Whipped", "chained", and "beaten" were commonly exchanged words among American slaves throughout the 19th century. Day after day in a world filled with torture and pain, slaves suffered servile lives under the feet of an overseer. During these times, when freedom and liberty were merely the topics of dreams, one outstanding slave named Harriet Tubman set out to make her dream a reality. She possessed tremendous courage which proved to be of the utmost importance. Secondly, she had the determination and will never be matched by any other slave of her time. Most importantly, Harriet had a loving heart, which influenced her to do the impossible. It was because of these abilities that she was regarded as 'the Moses of her people'. Harriet Tubman was truly a legend whose visions and heroic character paved the extensive road to freedom for hundreds of runaway slaves.

The book I read was Harriett Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad by Ann Lane Petry. This story was a biography of Harriett's life from before she was born, till after she died. From when Harriett was a young little girl, she dreamt of freedom. She dreamt of being able to live with all races and living in a world without discrimination. If only she knew she would play a major role in the happening of that.

Harriett was born in 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland. (Around this time The Missouri Compromise was signed into law. It had two main points. First one was that slavery would be permitted in Missouri and at the same time, Maine was carried out of what had been northern Mass, and admitted to the union as a free, or non-slave state. This arrangement kept the balance in the senate between slave...