“There’s two things I got a right to, and these are death or liberty.
One or the other I mean to have.” — Harriet Tubman
Abolitionist and Spy
Winter 1822–March 10, 1913
“I think slavery is the next thing to hell,” HARRIET TUBMAN once remarked. She knew better than most, having been born into slavery as Araminta “Minty” Ross in Dorchester County, Maryland, on the Eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, south of Baltimore. Her parents Ben and Rit held responsible positions within the business and home of widower Anthony Thompson. But their circumstances were far from stable. While Ben belonged to Mr. Thompson, Rit and her children were owned by his stepson and ward Edward Brodess, soon to turn 21 and inherit. When Brodess came of age, he moved to the small farm that had been left to him some ten miles away across inhospitable ter-