Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman
By Alyssa Labrum
Harriet Tubman was around 1820. She
was a slave who reached freedom
through the Underground Railroad in
1849. Harriet was a hero to many
slaves that she led to freedom. She
was one of the best conductors in the
Underground Railroad. This
PowerPoint is about her life and what
she has done to help everyone else
Abolitionists were
people who were
against slavery.
They also go South
to bring the slaves
North to freedom.
Harriet Tubman was
a friend to an
abolitionists named
Fredrick Douglass.
Born a Slave
Right at the moment
Harriet was born, she
was automatically a
slave. Like her ten
brothers and sisters,
they were all slaves
too because a white
man owned them all;
including her mom
and dad.
Conductor in the Underground Railroad
A conductor in the
Railroad is
someone who help
slaves escape to
the North. Harriet
helped guide the
runaway slaves
North to freedom.
Soon she became
one of the best
Died from Pneumonia
When Harriet lived in
the house she bought
for other people, she
got pneumonia and
lived for a while
longer. Then soon
after, she died lying
her bed with people
all around her.
One night, when everyone was
sleeping, Harriet took a loaf of
bread with her and began the
journey to North. She
followed the north star, or on
cloudy nights followed the
moss that grew on the trees.
She also used the
Underground Railroad to find
her way. Then finally, she
reached Philadelphia, a free
Northern state.
Fugitive Slave Law
The Fugitive Slave Law was a law where
any runaway slave found had to be
returned to their masters. This law had
made Harriet’s job a lot harder, but that
didn’t stop Harriet. She still saved all of
the slaves that she brought to the North.
“Go on or Die”
Some people Harriet was bringing
to freedom became tired or
scared. Some slaves wanted to
go back, or just stop where they
are and collapse. When a slave
did any of this, Harriet and all
the other slaves she was saving
would be in danger. When a
slave complained, Harriet pulled
out a pistol she carried and says,
“You’ll go on or die.” After that,
the slaves always changed their
minds and Harriet got them to
Helped in the Civil War
During the Civil War,
she helped a lot.
She was a spy, a
nurse, a cook, and
did other duties.
Harriet did
everything she
could to help the
Union Army.
Even though Harriet was hit in the head
and sleeps at random times, she was
still smart enough to know where she
was and what she was doing. She
noticed everything around her and
what happened. Harriet was so smart
that she memorized the Underground
Railroad and saved many slaves
through that route.
John Tubman
John Tubman was Harriet’s husband
before she escaped to the North. He
was born free, and when Harriet came
back bring John to the North, he had
already taken another wife. So Harriet
left him in the South and took other
slaves instead.
Kind- Hearted
When homeless free slaves came to
Harriet’s house in Pennsylvania, usually
the same slaves she had helped run
away, they often asked for food and
someplace to sleep. Though she had
little money and a small amount of
food for herself and her parents, she
did everything she could to give what
they wanted.
Left the South to Be Free
When Harriet was about a teenager, she was
mad that she was a slave, as well as many
other African Americans. When her master
died, all of the slaves he had owned,
including Harriet, had to move deeper into
the South to live with a different master. It
was worse in the deep South, so Harriet
escaped to freedom before she went to live
with her new master.
Harriet got the name “Moses”
because she was saving her
people, just like what Moses did.
He was in the bible, so the slaves
have probably heard about him. 
Never Captured
Harriet Tubman went back to
the South 19 times and saved
over 300 slaves. However,
out of all of the times she went
back, Harriet was never
Overseers are people who watch over
every slave’s move. If an overseer thinks
a slave isn’t working hard enough, the
slave gets whipped. If they get whipped,
it leaves scars on their backs.
Parents Were Slaves
When Harriet was born, her parents
were also slaves. They didn’t have a
lot of time to spend with their children.
They could only work in the fields with
the other adults. When Harriet came
back from the North to escape more
slaves, she took her parents with her in
one of her trips.
Quotes by Harriet Tubman
During her lifetime, Harriet wrote 6 quotes. 2 of them were about freeing
slaves in the Underground Railroad, 1 of them was about liberty or death, 1
of them about trouble with other people, 1 of them was about having no
experience, and 1 of them about dreams.
• “I was the conductor of the Underground Railroad for eight years, and I can
say what most conductors can’t say; I never ran my train off the track and I
never lost a passenger.”
“I had reasoned this out in my mind, there was one of two things I had a right
to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other.”
“I grew up like a neglected weed- ignorant of liberty, having no experience
of it.”
“I freed a thousand slaves. I could have freed a thousand more, if only they
knew they were slaves.”
“Oh, Lord! You’ve been with me in six troubles, don’t desert me in the
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have
within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars
to change the world.”
Risked Her Life to Save Slaves
When Harriet reached the North, she stayed a
while longer before she went back to the
South to bring more slaves to freedom. She
knew this was a dangerous job, but she was
determined to have freedom for all of the
slaves. Harriet went back to the South 19
times to get slaves over 300 slaves to
freedom, and she was never captured out of
all of the trips she made.
Scar on Her Head
When Harriet was about 15 years old,
she was hit in the forehead by a twopound iron weight, bleeding. Everyone
thought she was dead. Later, Harriet
got better, but it caused some
problems. She falls asleep suddenly,
even while she’s talking with someone
or working. Still, it didn’t stop her from
getting to freedom.
Traveled at Night
Harriet stopped in the morning and
traveled at night. The reason why is
because it is easier to hide in the dark,
especially in swamps and forests. In the
daytime, the slaves stopped at people’s
houses to get food and somewhere to
Underground Railroad
The Underground Railroad was
not a real railroad, nor
underground. It is actually a
group of people who helped
slaves escape to the North.
Houses in the Underground
Railroad are called
“stations”, and the people
who live there may help the
slaves hide and give them
something to eat. Then they
show where the next
“station” is.
Victory for Abolitionists
When the Civil War was over, there was
no more slavery. It was a victory for
the North and the abolitionists. All of
the slaves were freed and the North
and South joined together.
When the slaves got in trouble or
rested for a second, they would get
whipped. In this case, these aren’t
the reasons why Harriet was
whipped. She was whipped
because of stealing a sugar lump
from a bowl on the master’s kitchen
table. The master’s wife caught her
stealing it and hid in a pigpen for
four days and nights, fighting for
potato scraps. She became so
hungry, she went back into the
house. When she was found, Harriet
was whipped twice: once for
stealing the sugar and once for
running away.
When Harriet was 93 years
old, she died from
pneumonia. Before she
died, she wasn’t too
weak to sing, so she
asked her friends to sing
with her. While “their
voices filled the room”
with music, Harriet
Tubman laid there until
she was dead.
Yankee is the nickname for the North
during the Civil War. Harriet worked
for the North during the war. She was
a spy, cook, nurse, ect. She worked and
helped a lot in that time period.
When she was
working in the
Railroad, she was
very active by
rushing North and
South to free slaves.
She was also active
in the Civil War
because of going
zealous- ardently
active, devoted, or
Harriet died on March
10, 1913. She was a
great person and
helped save other
people’s lives.
Remember, no matter
what the color of your
skin is or how you act,
everyone is an equal
Work Sited
• http://www.biography.com/people/harriet-tubman-9511430
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