Harriet Tubman was born at around 1820. She was born with the name Araminta Ross, and was referred to as Minty. She lived in a time where the country’s thoughts about slavery were divided — the south allowing, and the north disagreeing. Unfortunately, she lived in Maryland, a place of slavery. Since her mother was a slave, she had to start the brutal work at a very young age. Because of this, she realized how unfair slavery was at an early age. She had dreams of white woman leading her to freedom in the north. As she grew older, she hated being told what to do and having very little pay. She started questioning the quest for freedom, but held back. The chances of surviving the travel to Pennsylvania by foot were slim, but the outcome of doing so was worth it. So, in 1849, Harriet began her journey north.
During her life, Harriet Tubman was rebellious. This is reflected mainly in her youth. She often did what she wasn’t supposed to, even when she knew not to. For example, once, when she was only a child, she saw a bowl full of lumps of sugar on the table. Thinking her owner, or mistress, wouldn’t notice, she reached her fingers in and took some for herself. Sadly, her mistress did notice, and was about to start beating her up for it. Harriet was afraid, and sprinted as fast as she could out of the house. Eventually, though, she realized that she couldn’t survive on her own without food and shelter, so she returned to her mistress’s house about four days later (15-16).
Harriet was also very clever. She had to be able to outsmart slave-catchers on her multiple journeys north. For example, one trick Harriet used multiple times was a disguise. Slave-catchers didn’t know her name, and they called her by the name slaves used for her — “Moses”. In articles, they said that slaves were being rescued by a young man named Moses. Instead of ignoring this misunderstood title, Harriet used it to her advantage. Many times she dressed up as an old woman, wrapping a shawl around her face and hunching over using a cane. Sometimes, this disguise became really helpful. Once, Harriet had to pass by her old owner. Afraid she would be caught, she pulled a cloth over her face, and was ignored. (66-71). Harriet chose to use the mistake to her advantage, rather than pushing it away. If she ignored it, she wouldn’t have been as clever. Her thoughtful thinking and planning illustrates her cleverness.