Sojourner Truth Biography

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Sojourner Truth was born the year 1797 (they don’t know the exact month or date she was born only the year) in New York. At birth she was named Isabella Baumfree, but she later renamed herself Sojourner Truth. Her parents James and Elizabeth Baumfree, were believed to have ten to twelve kids, Sojourner Truth being one of the youngest. She was born into slavery, but when she was nine she was sold at an auction with a flock of sheep for one hundred dollars. At the time she only knew how to speak Dutch. After being bought she was sold again for one hundred and five dollars. She was again sold, but this time her owner was sympathetic to her. His wife made life hard for Truth and harassed her. In 1815 she fell in love with a man named Robert at…show more content…
She told everyone “The spirit calls me and I must go.” In 1844 she joined the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, founded by abolitionists. In the association there was more than 240 members at the time. Also in 1844 she purchased a house in the village of Florence for three hundred dollars. She spoke at her first National Woman's Rights Convention, in Worcester, Massachusetts. Later, in Akron, Ohio, she gave her famous speech, “Ain’t I a woman.” Her speech demanded equal rights for all women as well as all blacks. Over the next ten years Truth spoke in front of dozens, probably hundreds of people. At one of her speeches someone interrupted her and accused her of being a man, Truth then revealed that she was indeed a woman. In 1856 Truth bought a neighboring lot, but she didn’t keep it for long. On September 3, 1857 Truth sold all of her things to a man named Daniel Ives, after that she moved back to Battle Creek, Michigan, where all of her family was. An antislavery movement began in Michigan and Ohio, here she also joined this…show more content…
In 1864 truth was employed National Freedman’s Relief Association. October of 1864 Truth had the opportunity to meet President Abraham Lincoln. Truth wrote the song “The Valiant Soldiers” it was sung by her during the war in Detroit and in Washington D.C. Truth had spoke many times and had many believers and friends. A lot of people supported Truth and the Anti Slavery
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