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  1. Sojourner Truth - Wikipedia

    Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son in 1828, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.

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    • November 26, 1883 (aged 86), Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
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  2. Sojourner Truth - Quotes, Facts & Speech - HISTORY

    Sojourner Truth was an African American evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist and author who lived a miserable life as a slave, serving several masters throughout New York before...

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  3. Sojourner Truth

    Jul 27, 2013 · SOJOURNER TRUTH, lecturer, born in Ulster county, New York, about 1775; died in Battle Creek, Michigan, 26 November, 1883. Her parents were owned by Colonel Charles Ardinburgh, of Ulster county, and she was sold at the age of ten to John J. Dumont.

  4. Sojourner Truth | Biography, Accomplishments, & Facts ...

    Nov 22, 2020 · Sojourner Truth, legal name Isabella Van Wagener, (born c. 1797, Ulster county, New York, U.S.—died November 26, 1883, Battle Creek, Michigan), African American evangelist and reformer who applied her religious fervour to the abolitionist and women’s rights movements.

  5. Sojourner Truth | National Women's History Museum
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    Truth was born Isabella Bomfree, a slave in Dutch-speaking Ulster County, New York in 1797. She was bought and sold four times, and subjected to harsh physical labor and violent punishments. In her teens, she was united with another slave with whom she had five children, beginning in 1815. In 1827a year before New Yorks law freeing slaves was to take effectTruth ran away with her infant Sophia to a nearby abolitionist family, the Van Wageners. The family bought her freedom for twenty dollars and helped Truth successfully sue for the return of her five-year-old-son Peter, who was illegally sold into slavery in Alabama.

    Truth moved to New York City in 1828, where she worked for a local minister. By the early 1830s, she participated in the religious revivals that were sweeping the state and became a charismatic speaker. In 1843, she declared that the Spirit called on her to preach the truth, renaming herself Sojourner Truth.

    In 1851, Truth began a lecture tour that included a womens rights conference in Akron, Ohio, where she delivered her famous Aint I a Woman? speech. In it, she challenged prevailing notions of racial and gender inferiority and inequality by reminding listeners of her combined strength (Truth was nearly six feet tall) and female status. Truth ultimately split with Douglass, who believed suffrage for formerly enslaved men should come before womens suffrage; she thought both should occur simultaneously.

    During the 1850s, Truth settled in Battle Creek, Michigan, where three of her daughters lived. She continued speaking nationally and helped slaves escape to freedom. When the Civil War started, Truth urged young men to join the Union cause and organized supplies for black troops. After the war, she was honored with an invitation to the White House and became involved with the Freedmens Bureau, helping freed slaves find jobs and build new lives. While in Washington, DC, she lobbied against segregation, and in the mid 1860s, when a streetcar conductor tried to violently block her from riding, she ensured his arrest and won her subsequent case. In the late 1860s, she collected thousands of signatures on a petition to provide former slaves with land, though Congress never took action. Nearly blind and deaf towards the end of her life, Truth spent her final years in Michigan.

  6. Sojourner Truth - Quotes, Speech & Facts - Biography

    Jan 06, 2021 · Sojourner Truth was an African American abolitionist and women's rights activist best-known for her speech on racial inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?", delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio...

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  7. Sojourner Truth (U.S. National Park Service)

    Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree in 1797 in Ulster County, New York, the daughter of James and Elizabeth Baumfree. Together with her parents, she spent her childhood enslaved on the estate of Johannes, then later Charles, Hardenbergh. Enslaved by Dutch settlers, Dutch was her first language.

  8. Sojourner Truth | Sojourner Truth Institute

    Sojourner Truth, A Northern Slave, written in 1850 by her friend, Olive Gilbert. Sojourner first came to Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1856 when she was invited to address the radical Quaker group, the Friends of Human Progress. The next year she moved to

  9. Sojourner Truth: Ain't I A Woman? (U.S. National Park Service)

    Nov 17, 2017 · Born into slavery in 1797, Isabella Baumfree, who later changed her name to Sojourner Truth, would become one of the most powerful advocates for human rights in the nineteenth century. Her early childhood was spent on a New York estate owned by a Dutch American named Colonel Johannes Hardenbergh.

  10. 6 Facts About Sojourner Truth, the 19th-Century Abolitionist ...
    • She was born into slavery and first sold at age 9. Sojourner Truth (née Isabella Baumfree) was born to slave parents in a Dutch community in Ulster County, New York, in 1797.
    • She ran away with her infant daughter. In 1827, Truth and her infant daughter fled to a nearby abolitionist family's home, but she had to leave her other children behind.
    • She was the first black woman to successfully bring a lawsuit against a white man. You may have noticed there's a courthouse in the background of today's Google Doodle.
    • She became a preacher. Once she was freed, Truth moved to New York City and started working for a local minister. She became a powerful speaker, preaching about faith, women's rights, and the abolition of slavery.