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The Escape of Harriet Tubman

17 pages8 minutes


Harriet Tubman was known as Araminta Ross when she was growing up. People called her Minty.
One day Minty was working in the fields. She was picking cotton. It was the summer of 1849 and it was hot!
Minty saw the water boy coming toward her. That was good. She could use a cool drink of water.
But something about the boy was different. He walked straight toward her.
When he reached her, Minty found out why. He dipped the ladle into the water bucket and held it out to her. Minty began to drink.
Then he leaned in close and spoke to her.
"Massa sold you and your brothers. Tomorrow you join the chain gang."
He took the ladle from her and hurried away.
"Tomorrow!" Minty thought.
She was filled with panic. She would die on the chain gang!

Find out how Minty escapes to the North and to freedom in this exciting 15-minute book.

Ages 7 and up.
Reading level 2.7

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