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The Road Least Traveled. Harriet Tubman Was Not Afraid To Fight For The Rights Of African Americans. Her Story Is One Of Dedication And Inspiration.

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The Road Least TraveledHarriet Tubman was a runaway slave from Maryland who became known as the "Moses of her people". Over the course of ten years, and at a great personal risk, she led hundreds of slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad. She later became a leader in the abolitionist movement, and during the Civil War she served as a spy for the federal forces in South Carolina as well as a nurse. After the war, Harriet Tubman returned to her home in Auburn, New York where she played an active role in Women's Suffrage. Harriet Tubman's life is a monument to courage and determination that continues to stand out in American history. By creating her own destiny, not letting her goal die, and giving a hand to those in need Harriet Tubman has greatly influenced my life. A more ordinary specimen of humanity could hardly be found among the most unfortunate -looking farm hands of the South.Being one of those farm hands meant the one was held in bondage as the property of another, a slave. This was the condition in which Harriet Tubman was born into as Araminta Ross in 1820 in Dorchester County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She was raised under harsh conditions, subjected to whippings even as a small child. Unlike the narrator of The Road Not Taken she had no right or claim in the choices concerning her life. However, Harriet Tubman would not settle for the life as a slave and during one night in 1849 she ran away from her master's plantation in Maryland for the fear that she was to be sold. On her voyage to freedom she was introduced to the Underground Railroad and after many ordeals she reached Philadelphia. "I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person now that I was free. There was such a glory over everything; the sun came like gold through the trees, and over the fields, and I felt like I was in Heaven" --Harriet Tubman. Even though the path she was put on was not the one she would have chosen, and no matter which directions she was pushed or pulled in, she reacted to her environment to make it positive at the end.Due to her determination to change her environment, Harriet Tubman never let her goals die. To allow her personal aspirations to fall victim to life's hardships was a solution that many slaves accepted, but for Harriet Tubman that would have been a costly sacrifice. "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; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them...

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