Ken Burns Classroom

Harriet Tubman

Ken Burns Film: The Civil War

Collections: Civil War and Reconstruction (1861-1877)

Subject: US History

Grade Level: 6-12

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman.


An escaped slave who became one of the best-known “conductors” on the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman led over three hundred slaves to freedom in the decade before the war. The Maryland native began her new duties by returning there in 1850 to lead her own family members to freedom. Nicknamed the “General” for her tough discipline, Tubman even threatened her followers with a loaded gun to keep them silent as they fled.

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