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Slavery Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Harriet Tubman, John Brown, Elizabeth Cady, Sojourner Truth, and William Lloyd Garrison are names that come to mind when slavery is mentioned. These people struggled to overcome the hard ships and showed determination and courage to abolish slavery.

Harriet Tubman's life was a monument of courage and determination that continues to stand out in American history. She was born into slavery in Maryland, freed herself and helped to aid the freedom of others. She was purely of African ancestry, and she deeply sought freedom and wanted to escape. At age 25, she planned an escape route to Canada after fearing she would be sold to the south. Harriet escaped through the Underground Railroad and was assisted by several white abolitionists. After freeing herself from slavery, Tubman returned to Maryland to rescue others, as well as several of her family members.

During the Civil War she served as a spy, soldier, and a nurse. Also after the Civil War, she joined her family in Auburn, NY, where she founded the Harriet Tubman Home.

There was also Sojourner Truth who was an American abolitionist and advocate of women's rights. She was born into slavery in Hurley, NY. Sojourner traveled around preaching for equal rights, and even preached in the streets. She also took part in the abolitionist movement and the women's right movement in 1850.

Another important name in history is John Brown. He was called Old Brown of Osawatomie- the American abolitionist, whose attempt to end slavery by force greatly increased tension. Brown was born in Torrington, Connecticut and acquired the hatred of slavery at a young age. Brown initiated a project among abolitionists to educate young blacks. In 1857, Brown formulated a plan to free slaves by armed forces, and...