Isabella Baumfree (c.1797-1883) was known as Sojourner Truth after 1843. She was an African-American former slave, abolitionist, public speaker, and women's rights advocate. Born in New York to Dutch-speaking owners, Truth spoke only Dutch in her formative years. She remained a slave until 1826, when she escaped with her infant daughter; she was eventually purchased from her owner for $20, and became free on July 4, 1827 with the rest of New York's slaves. In 1843, she began a career of preaching and public speaking in favor of pacifism, abolitionism, and women's rights, eventually becoming one of the best-known African-American members of the Abolition movement. Her 1851 speech "Ain't I a Woman?" is regarded as one of the most significant speeches of the early women's rights movement.
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth: A Northern Slaveby Sojourner Truth
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THE NARRATIVE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH is the compelling, fascinating account of the life of one of America's most famous former slaves, Sojourner Truth. The narrative tells of her early life as a slave in New York state, then in the process of gradual emancipation. After her escape from bondage and final freedom in the late 1820s, Truth began to advocate for the nationwide abolition of slavery. She became an important figure in the Abolitionist movement, giving a number of well-received speeches condemning slavery. During the Civil War, she helped raise troops for the Union Army and was a proponent of giving land to the former slaves after the war.
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