Harriet Tubman’s Greatest Achievement by Lana M.

Many people achieve many accomplishments in life. The only difference is that some have done a lot more than others, such as Harriet Tubman. Harriet Tubman was born into slavery, but escaped around the age of twenty. Throughout her years up until the age of thirty-eight, she went back to help free others from slavery. Afterwards, she still continued to helps others by participating in the Civil War with jobs such as a spy and nurse. The only job that really stuck with her for the majority of her life was care taking. She took care of the people that others generally didn’t want to take care of. Though Tubman’s life has mostly been explained, there are still a lot of questions that haven’t been answered, and yet no one knows what was her greatest achievement. The achievements that I have decided that are the most important to the least important will be listed from first to the last, and is of course based off of facts but is purely my opinion. The way that these achievements will be ranked is by how much time was spent, the amount of people helped, and the risk factor. Harriet Tubman has achieved so many good things in life that many people have their own opinion of what was the best thing she did in her life, such as being a nurse, civil war spy, and a leader of the Underground Railroad.

     Harriet Tubman’s greatest achievement was being a Civil War nurse and a caregiver, because it was the most risky job for her to take. Document D has mentioned that Tubman helped wounded soldiers at Fort Wagner, which was a war zone. Because of the fact that she had the chance of getting bombed because she is in a war zone, this increased the risk of her getting hurt. Along with the chance of getting bombed, she also had the chance to catch a deadly disease carried by the people she took care of at Fort Wagner and at her home. According to document E, she took in many people into her home for about forty-eight years. Tubman generally cared for the people no one wanted to take care of, such as abandoned children, the blind, and even the elderly. I would say that this was really risky because everywhere she went, she would face danger. The amount of time spent would be a lot of time, because for the caretaker job, she spent most of her life taking care of those who were disabled. Don’t forget the nursing job, as she spent most of the time cleaning the soldiers’ wounds, as document D mentioned. She helped a lot of people, because there were a lot of wounded soldiers that fought at Fort Wagner. She also took in many people, as she held up to six to eight people in her home at a time. All in all, Tubman’s greatest achievement was being a nurse/caregiver, as there was a lot of risk involved and a lot of time spent.

     Harriet Tubman’s second greatest achievement was being a Civil War spy because she had to go through the hardest missions. The amount of risk involved was actually a lot, as she had to complete a raid in one day to save about eight hundred slaves in South Carolina. She had the risk of getting shot because she had to escape with the slaves that she helped free on a gunboat. In document C, it states that the mission was so deadly that they had to make special code names to ensure secrecy, especially for Harriet Tubman. Her code name was “Moses”, as Moses helped slaves to escape to freedom. Harriet Tubman did exactly this in the raid.

     The third achievement that Harriet Tubman had reached was being one of the people who helped other slaves escape to freedom in the Underground Railroad because she gave up her best years to help others escape from slavery. In document A, there is a map that showed where Tubman had to travel to help other slaves escape to freedom away from the South. Because of this, it was actually very deadly, as she risked the lives of the people that traveled with her, the people who helped her, and even her and her family. This was because of the Fugitive Slave Act, which was passed to force others to turn in fleeing slaves or get punished if caught helping. In document B, it shows you a table that shows the trips that she made and the amount of people helped from these trips. She had helped a total of about thirty-eight to forty slaves escape from slavery. She had to go through five-hundred and fifty miles on foot or by carriage, but it was very risky because of the previously mentioned Fugitive Slave Act. This is why I ranked this job as the very last and least important one, because she didn’t help that many people compared to the spy or the nurse, but practically wasted her time as she only saved about a handful of people. Though it was risky, she didn’t have to take that risk.

     In conclusion, the most important achievement that she reached was being a nurse or caregiver, the second most important was being a spy, and being a leader of the Underground Railroad was the least important. Throughout her entire life, she’s done so much to help other people. She’s done these three really important jobs that have turned out to save other lives. I believe that Harriet Tubman was dedicated to sacrifice many things for other people to live a better life even though others have pushed them down, like slaves or even the people that no one wanted to take care of. She sacrificed most of her life to let others live happily.


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