Harriot Tubman was an African American woman who guided over 300 slaves through the under ground railroad. She broke free from her slave owner and married a free African American man named John Tubman and took his last name. She freed slaves over a period of ten years and 19 trips.(1) Araminta was severely injured in the head with a heavy metal weight aimed at a runaway slave. After the injury she started having seizures which affected her for the rest of her life. She started having premonitions and vivid dreams, she said that God communicated with her
The Underground Railroad was formed in the early 19th century and reached its height between 1850 and 1860. Much of what we know today comes from accounts after the Civil War and accurate statistics about fugitive slaves using the Underground Railway may never be verifiable. It is believed that around 100,000 slaves between 1810 and 1860 escaped using the network. The majority of the slaves came from the upper south states that bordered free states such as Kentucky, Virginia and Maryland; very few escaped from the Deep South.