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Transcript of Sojourner Truth
A slave since birth and a woman rights leader
Sojourner Truth born Isabella "Bell" Baumfree she was born in 1797. There is no true record when she was born because she was born into slavery. Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist.
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, 1797, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826 but how she escaped is still unknown. She had a total of 5 children, 3 of them either died or being sold a birth
Truth learned that her son Peter, at five years old, had been sold illegally by his owner to another owner in Alabama. With the help of the Van Wagenens, she took the issue to court and in 1828, after months of legal proceedings, she got back her son, who had been abused by his new owner. Truth became one of the first black women to go to court against a white man and win the case.
Truth died at her Battle Creek home on November 26, 1883.
In 1851, Truth joined George Thompson, an abolitionist and speaker, on a lecture tour through central and western New York State. In May, she attended the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio where she delivered her famous speech on women's rights, later known as "Ain't I a Woman." Her speech demanded equal human rights for both, all women and all blacks and for the rest of her life she stayed a women's right leader.
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