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In most history classes, the life and career of Sojourner Truth is only touched upon briefly. It is mentioned that she was part of the abolitionist movement and spoke all over the country about the evils of slavery. But Sojourner's whole story has more was much more intriguing and inspiring.
At the age of nine, Sojourner Truth, known then as Isabella, is purchased at a slave auction by John Dumont, a cruel slave master who often beats her for not understanding English (her first language was Dutch). At 16, Isabella is given to a male slave as a gift, in the hope that she will breed more slaves for her master's profit. Five babies and five years later, Dumont promises to free Isabella; unbeknownst to her, a state law has been decreed, encouraging slave owners to free adult slaves. But when the big day arrives, Dumont claims that Isabella did not work hard enough for him and denies her her freedom. Unwilling to accept this, Isabella runs away and luckily finds a white couple who believe that slavery is wrong. They officially buy her from Dumont and give Isabella her freedom.
Living near the Dumont farm, Isabella is able to visit her children, who are still enslaved. But on one visit, she finds that her son Peter is missing; Dumont has sold him to someone in Alabama. Knowing that it is against the law to sell a slave across state lines, Isabella gathers all her courage, gets a lawyer, and decides to fight -- and she wins. From that moment on, she knows that her mission is to spread the word about her time as a slave. She renames herself Sojourner, which means one who travels from place to place.
The text in this book is beautifully and clearly written, detailing some lost facts about this courageous woman. The illustrations are just as compelling, rendered sometimes in intense colors and at other times in subdued earth tones. Each picture perfectly reflects the agony of slavery and the determination of an unlikely hero like Sojourner Truth.