Born a slave in Maryland, Tubman eventually escaped to freedom in the North but chose to return to the South at her own peril 19 times to help free 300 other slaves. She definitely earned her nickname: Moses. From: 20 Kickass Women of History, Film & Literature
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Harriet Tubman. After escaping the clutches of slavery in 1849, Harriet rescued countless others from the same fate, operating the Underground Railroad. "I freed thousands of slaves, and could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves." -Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubmanfugitive slave who, at great peril to herself, helped nearly 300 slaves escape the South via the Underground Railroad, she was also a Civil War spy and nurse; a promoter of education, though illiterate; and a campaigner for women's suffrage.