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Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was born a slave around 1820, in Dorchester County, Maryland. Tubman is one of the Underground Railroad's most famous "conductors." She was called the "Moses of Her People" because she led so many people to freedom. Tubman could not read or write. Her friend, Sarah Bradford, wrote a book that tells the story of Harriet Tubman's life. The biography was published in 1869.

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  • What had happened to Tubman's older sisters.

  • How Tubman found out she might be sold to another plantation.

  • How Tubman and the other slaves on the plantation communicated with each other.

  • What happened when Tubman's brothers decided to turn back.

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