Harriet Tubman is an African American abolitionist remembered for her contributions to the Underground Railroad. This guide provides access to materials related to “Harriet Tubman” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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Known as the “Moses of her people,” Harriet Tubman ran away from slavery but went back to the South approximately 13 more times, risking her life to bring others to freedom along the Underground Railroad. In the Civil War she worked as a Union spy and scout, and was celebrated for her courage. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
After running away from slavery herself, Harriet Tubman continues to go back to the South to bring slaves North to freedom along the “underground railroad.”
Married Nelson Davis. A book about her life is published.
Respected and praised by her community and across the country, she was frequently honored.
March 10, 1913
Dies at the Harriet Tubman Home for the Aged in Auburn, New York.