Harriet Tubman

Conductor on the Underground Railroad

Biography

A biography is an account of a person’s life as told by someone else. The writer, or biographer, researches a subject by:

interviewing the person and others who knew him or her reading letters, diaries, and documents that refer to the subject and his or her time

After researching, a biographer decides what facts to include to present an accurate story of the person that shows his or her strengths and weaknesses.

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Pg. 758 (“Moses is here. Moses has come.”) – What feelings are the slaves expressing through these quotations? Pg. 759 (“She had never been to Canada…) – What do you learn about Harriet Tubman in this paragraph? Pg. 759 (Then he shouted, “Too many, too many.”) - Why does the farmer react this way?

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Pg. 759 – Why does the writer use the word passengers to describe the runaways? Pg. 760 (She described the house where he lived…) – Which information in these two paragraphs is from Petry’s research and which shows her own conclusions? Pg. 761 (She carried a gun with her on these trips.) – Why does Tubman use a gun as a threat?

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7. Pg. 762 (She said, “We got to go free or die. And freedom’s not bought with dust.”) – What does Tubman mean by this statement? 8 .Pg. 762 – What does the author convey about Tubman’s character when the runaways do not run leave Tubman when she falls asleep? 9. Pg. 762 – Why does William Still interview the runaways?

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Pg. 762 (“While I knew the danger…”) – How do we know that this is a direct quotation from William Still? Pg. 764 (“On one occasion I had eleven fugitives…) – What purpose does the excerpt from Frederick Douglass’s autobiography serve in this biography? Pg. 764 – Summarize how the lives of the ex-slaves changed when they settled in Canada.

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