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Harriet Tubman: Humanitarian and Civil Rights Activist

Harriet Tubman was born Araminta Ross around 1820 in Bucktown, Maryland. She would escape to Pennsylvania in 1849 and return to Maryland to free her family and others for the next ten years through the Underground Railroad... making about 13 trips. She worked for the union army as a spy, scout, nurse and cook from 1862 to 1865 during the American Civil War and would become a supporter of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, joining their cause in campaigning for women's suffrage.

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Lise Meitner: Co-Discoverer of Nuclear Fission

On August 7, 1945, Lise Meitner received a call from a reporter with a Swedish newspaper. He would tell her that the first uranium bomb had been used over Hiroshima. Said to be the equivalent of 20,000 tons of ordinary explosives, the bomb had destroyed five square miles of Hiroshima, killing between 70,000 to 100,000 people. A second would be dropped on Nagasaki with similar consequences.

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