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Why This Book Matters:

Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom discusses the life of Harriet Tubman, a woman who helped hundreds of people escape from slavery.

The Big Takeaways:

  1. Aspects of Tubman’s life remain mysterious, but we do know of some truths.
    1. If It is believed that her mother was forced to give birth to almost a dozen children in order to keep a supply of slaves.
  2. Tubman was forced to endure trauma at a young age.
    1. The earliest traumatic experience was seeing two of her sisters being sold and taken away from her family.
  3. Tubman found strength through religion and marriage, escaping slavery in 1849.
    1. It took her three weeks and almost 30 miles for Tubman to reach Philadelphia.
  4. Her strong religious beliefs helped her through losing her husband.
    1. She turned her faith into positivity and returned south twice a year in the winter to help other slaves escape.
  5. Harriet Tubman was a key character during the Civil War and helped out as a spy and a nurse.
    1. She managed to establish a vast network of spies in South Carolina through slaves.

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