Sojourner Truth

Abolitionist & Womens Rights Activist

Summary

Sojourner Truth was an important abolitionist, evangelist, and feminist who had many accomplishments. She is most famous because of her novel, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, her speech given in Acron, Ohio "Ain't I a Woman?", and the court case where she won her son's freedom.  She was born a slave named Isabella in New Paltz, NY. She was bought and sold four times before escaping slavery in 1827 at age 29. She was influenced by many types of people, including abolitionists, feminists, temperance advocates and other activists such as Lucretia Mott and Elijah Pierson. She traveled around the country and eventually settled in Battle Creek, Michigan,until she died in 1883, at the age of 86.. Sojourner Truth had many accomplishments and was a significant figure in American History.

on February 4, 1986, the U.S. Postal Service made a stamp to honor Sojourner Truth.

Connection

Seneca Falls was the first women’s rights convention. Sojourner Truth was inspired by Lucretia Mott, one of the Seneca Falls Convention's leaders. Sojourner Truth gave her famous speech called "Ain't I a Woman?" at a women's rights convention only three years after.

"Ain't I a Woman?" by Sojourner Truth

"...Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him. ..."

Key Facts

  • abolitionist
  • evangelist
  • women's rights advocate
  • former slave

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