Who is Sojourner Truth?

  • (noun): United States abolitionist and feminist who was freed from slavery and became a leading advocate of the abolition of slavery and for the rights of women (1797-1883).
    Synonyms: Truth

Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth ( /soʊˈdʒɜrnər ˈtruːθ/; c. 1797 – November 26, 1883) was the self-given name, from 1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. Her best-known extemporaneous speech on gender inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?", was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army; after the war, she tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves.

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Marching Song Of The First Arkansas - Sojourner Truth's Version
... Sojourner Truth's version of the song, “The Valiant Soldiers,” which appears in the 1878, 1881, and 1884 editions of her Narrative, is almost identical to Silber's edition of ... six and eight are found only in the “Marching Song.” In the post-Civil War editions of Truth's Narrative, “The Valiant Soldiers” is introduced by this sentence by Francis ... The Narrative of Sojourner Truth was published in Boston in 1850 by William Lloyd Garrison's printer on credit, and was sold by Truth at her public lectures ...
African American Literature - History - Spiritual Narratives
... Sojourner Truth (1797–1883) was a leading advocate in both the abolitionist and feminist movements in the 19th century ... in Ulster County, New York, she adopted the name Sojourner Truth after forty years of struggle, first to attain her freedom and then to work on the ... she had become in the spirit, a traveler dedicated to speaking the Truth as God revealed it" ...
Interstate 194 (Michigan) - History
... Born Isabella Baumfree in 1797, Sojourner Truth settled in the Battle Creek area in the 1840s ... of 1976 named all of M-66 in Calhoun County as the Sojourner Truth Memorial Highway ... and they wished to restore emphasis to Truth, they asked for the "Sojourner Truth Downtown Parkway" name to be applied to "M-66 between Interstate 94 and Hamblin" ...
Sojourner Truth - Books
... Narrative of Sojourner Truth A Northern Slave (1850). 0-19-509835-8 Carleton Mabee with Susan Mabee Newhouse, Sojourner Truth Slave, Prophet, Legend (New York and London New York University Press, 1993. 1996) ISBN 0-393-31708-0 Jacqueline Sheehan, Truth A Novel (New York Free Press, 2003) ISBN 0-7432-4444-3 Erlene Stetson and Linda David, Glorying in Tribulation The ...
List Of Feminist Rhetoricians - Sojourner Truth
1797-1883) A slave and then a domestic servant, Truth was a noted activist in regard to abolition and women's rights ...

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