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Harriet Tubman

Harriet was an American  abolitionist,  humanitarian, and an armed scout and  spy  for the  United States Army  during the  American Civil War. Born into  slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved people, family and friends, using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. She later helped abolitionist  John Brown  recruit men for  his raid  on  Harpers Ferry, and in the post-war era was an active participant in the struggle for women's suffrage. After the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850  was passed, she helped guide fugitives farther north into British North America, and helped newly freed slaves find work.