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Harriet Tubman Thesis Statement

Title: A speech of commemoration for Harriet Tubman

Specific purpose: To commemorate March 10th as Harriet Tubman Day and to inform the audience about her life and fight for freedom

I. Introduction

A. Attention getter:

Imagine a time when you have no rights of your own. From the time that you are born until the time that you die, you are someone else's property and are under their directions and orders- and sometimes their cruelty. You are a slave in the mid s in the Southern part of the United States. Would you try to escape to the North for your freedom? Once you do, would you risk your life to return to the South to help others escape? If you are Harriet Tubman, then, the answers are yes.

B. Thesis statement and Preview:

Today we are here to commemorate March 10th as Harriet Tubman Day and to recognize her contributions to the abolishment of slavery. She led hundreds of slaves to freedom and inspired thousands of others. I want to talk about her early life as a slave, her escape, and her dedication to freeing others.

II. Harriet Tubman's early life

A. Childhood and life as a slave

1. Born into slavery in Maryland around

2. A house slave caring for infants by the age of 5

3. Working in the fields from sun up to sun down by age of 12

B. Her escape in When her master died in and she was to be sold to another slave owner, she decided then and there that she had a right to either "Liberty or death. If she could not have one, then she would have the other

C. The Underground Railroad--C. Using the cover of darkness to move through swamps and byways and hiding during the day, she escaped through The Underground Railroad and found safety in Philadelphia.

1. Not a train but a secret system of set up by individuals who were against slavery who wanted to help provide shelter and guidance to runaway slaves.

2. Depots and stations were safe houses where runaway slaves could hide and rest

3. Underground conductors were volunteers who designed escape routes and traveled along to guide the slaves to freedom

Transition: Now that you understand her background, I will now cover her role as a leader of the Underground Railroad.

III. Leader of the Underground Railroad

A. Outrage over the Fugitive Slave Act of Congress

Harriet Tubman And Underground Railroad Essay

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"Oppressed slaves should flee and take Liberty Line to freedom." The Underground Railroad began in the s while Harriet Tubman was born six decades later in antebellum America. The Underground Railroad was successful in its quest to free slaves; it even made the South pass two acts in a vain attempt to stop its tracks. Then, Harriet Tubman, an African-American with an incredulous conviction to lead her people to the light, joins the Underground Railroad’s cause becoming one of the leading conductors in the railroad. The Underground Railroad and Harriet Tubman aided in bringing down slavery and together, they put the wood in the fires leading up to the Civil War. The greatest causes of the Civil War were the Underground Railroad…show more content…

Farmers in the South depended on slaves to be able to keep their plantations and their way of life. Cotton farming was basically the economy of the South, and it was not an easy crop to manage and without a proper work force to back it up it would falter; thus, destroying the South. Slaves were the work force behind the enormous cotton plantations making them the most important property a farmer in the South owned, and they were being stolen forming a distrust of the North in the South. The Underground Railroad was wiping out the Southerners by indirectly destroying their economic structure by taking away a farmer’s ability to manage huge cotton plantations though using slave labor. With a slowly decaying economy, peoples’ lives become worse, and they can not care for themselves properly nor feed and clothe themselves; this can be seen in the South. When the South looks for the source of all their problems, it all comes back to the Underground Railroad, and the Northerners working in it which causes the South to create its own animosity towards Northerners. Also, we have the North which has many slaves escaping to it from the help of the Liberty Line creating an exchange of information and experiences with the white Northerners. Northerners were slowly but continuously fed with tales of torture, pain, and hardships that slaves faced in their everyday lives by freed blacks or fugitive slaves. They soon knew

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