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Topics in Chronicling America - Harriet Tubman

Known as the “Moses of her people,” Harriet Tubman ran away from slavery but went back to the South at least 19 more times, risking her life to bring others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. In the Civil War she worked as a Union spy and scout, and was celebrated for her courage. Read more about it!

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Important Dates:

  • 1850-1864. After running away from slavery herself, Harriet Tubman continues to go back to the South to bring slaves North to freedom along the “underground railroad.”
  • 1869. Married Nelson Davis. A book about her life is published.
  • 1870s to 1913. Respected and praised by her community and across the country, she was frequently honored.
  • March 10, 1913. Dies at the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged in Auburn, New York.

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  • [Try the following terms in combination, proximity, or as phrases using Search Pages in Chronicling America.] Harriet Tubman, Harriet Tubman Davis, Mother Tubman, underground railroad, “Moses of her people.”
  • It is important to use a specific date range if looking for articles for a particular event in order to narrow your results.

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