Timeline Description: Harriet Tubman held on to her bravery and trust in God through a time of national turmoil. She freed slaves up and down the east coast, working for the Underground Railroad. This timeline details her work.
Harriet was born and was given the name Araminta Ross around 1820. She later changed it to Harriet.
|1830||A slave for hire
Harriet's master rented her out for years to other men in the area who needed her. Her masters were cruel and didn't take care of her needs.
|1844||Harriet gets married
Harriet married a freed slave named John Tubman. This was when she changed her name to Harriet.
|1849||The Runaway Slave
Harriet's master died, leaving a lot of debt for his family to pay. When the family talked about selling their slaves to pay the debts, Harriet decided to run away so she wouldn't be sold.
|1850||Her first rescue
Harriet began her rescue missions immediately. She helped her niece, and her niece's two children, escape slavery.
|1851||More slaves rescued
Harried moved up and down the coast, helping her family members run away from their slave drivers.
|1854||Harriet gets noticed
After helping many slaves run to freedom, people in the abolitionist movement began to notice. They wanted her help.
|1858||A meeting with John Brown
Harriet met John Brown for the first time. He was planning his raid on Harpers Ferry for which he would later be arrested.
|1859||Harriet begins lecturing
Harriet moved to New York where she began speaking publicly on behalf of the Underground Railroad.
|1861||The Civil War
The war started, and Harriet knew she wanted to help.
|1862||Harriet the trooper (1862-1865)
Harriet worked with the Union Army, doing whatever they needed her to do. She worked as nurse and cook, among other things.
|1863||Harriet leads a raid
Under General Montgomery of the Union Army, Harriet led an armed raid the first ever by a woman and she freed over 700 slaves.
|1869||Her first biography
Sarah Bradford published the first biography of Harriet's life. It was titled Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman.
|1886||Her second biography
Sarah Bradford published a second biography about Harriet Tubman. It was called Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her People.
Harriet died a hero. People around the country remembered her for her brave acts of selflessness helping others get their freedom.