Sojourner Truth: A Brief Biography

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Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth was born under the name of Isabella Baumfree in 1797. She was one of twelve children born to Elizabeth and James Baumfree in Swartkill in Ulster County New York. Her Father was caught in Ghana and brought to America to become a slave. Her mother was the daughter of slaves from Guinea. Truth’s entire family was owned by Colonel Hardenberg and lived in his estate in Esopus New York. The area was completely under the Dutch controll so both the Hardenberg’s and the Baumfrees spoke Dutch. When Colonel Hardenberg died he was succeeded by his son. When this occurred the Baumfree family was separated after the colonels death
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