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Female Historical Giant of the Month
Harriet Tubman
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30
One may say that this passage accurately defines Harriet Tubman.  Tubman was born in 1820 in Dorchester County, Maryland. She served as a abolitionist, humanitarian, and Union spy during the U.S. Civil War.
Slavery defined the challenges of her early life.  She was no exception to mistreatment.  At the age of 13, a slave owner through a metal object towards her. The object was meant for another slave, but hit Tubman on the forehead. From that day forward she developed narcolepsy and vivid dreams.  Tubman being a devout Christian attributed these dreams to God. 
She was active in women's suffrage and anti-slavery movements.  She personally made 13 missions down to the south to rescue over 70 slaves.  Many times she will go into a deep sleep caused by narcolepsy.  She was never caught.  Later, she would claim that these periods of sleep were forced states of rest given by God. She also guided slaves into Canada and helped them find work. 
 At some point in the 1890s it is reported that she underwent brain surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital.  It is believed that she received no anesthesia for the procedure at her request, but instead bit on a bullet similar to the Civil War injured.
When the American Civil War began, she served in the Union Army first as a cook and then as a nurse. After the Civil War she retired to her home in Albany, New York where she cared for her aging parents. 
Tubman died in 1913 from pneunomia at the home that she helped build for elderly African - Americans. To those who were present she stated, "I go to prepare a place for you." . She died penniless, and was unable to receive her pension from the government for her service. After her death is when she became an American icon.
David Pattersons stated before his inaguaration for governor in the state of NewYork, "Harriet Tubman had the talent to escape her bondage, but she went back into the South over forty times to save her brothers and sisters from slavery, her strategy still studied at West Point Academy today."
We all have a purpose.
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Summarized by Jeanelle Brown
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