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Harriet Tubman: Freedom Leader

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  • CHAPTER 1

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    Miss Susan

    “What is this?”

  • Narrator

    screamed Miss Susan to seven-year-old Harriet.

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  • Miss Susan, as the slaves were told to call her, had run her finger along the top of the dining room table.

  • It had picked up dust.

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    Miss Susan

    “Answer me, you little brat!”

  • Narrator

    It was the fourth time Harriet had tried to dust the furniture.

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  • She had done exactly as she was told, but for some reason she kept doing it wrong.

  • And every time she did it wrong, Miss Susan grabbed the rawhide whip above the fireplace and beat her.

  • Now, she was reaching for the whip again.

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    Harriet

    “But Miss Susan,”

  • Narrator

    Harriet pleaded, her voice shaking,

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    Harriet

    “I done swept and dusted just like you told me.

  • I . . .”

  • But it was no use.

  • The whip was already cutting into her skin, leaving marks that would last the rest of her life.

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    Miss Susan

    “You are doing this on purpose just to be bad!”

  • Narrator

    Miss Susan shouted as she hit tiny Harriet again and again.

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    Miss Susan

    “No one could possibly be so stupid.

  • Not even a slave child!”