Sojourner Truth Narrative

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The Narrative of Sojourner Truth Being a slave was a common thing for African American people in the 1700’s. Being a slave could be a bad or good thing depending on who you’d ask. Some masters cared more about their slaves than others. Sojourner Truth was born in 1797 in New York and lived their until later in her life. Born Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth was one of 12 children born to James and Elizabeth Baumfree in the town of Swartekill, in Ulster County, New York. Slaves of Col. Ardinburgh, Hurley. Col. Ardinburgh belonged to a class called Low Dutch. Sojourner doesn’t know the year that she was born, but knows that she was liberated under the act of 1817 which freed slaves who were forty years and older. Her first master she has no recollection of, she must have been a young child when he died. Sojourner and her family then came to be property of his son, Col. Ardinburgh. Sojourner Truth says that she distinctly remembers hearing her mother and father that their lot was a fortunate one, as Master Charles was the best in the family, being comparatively speaking , a kind master to his slaves. James and Betsey having, by their faithfulness, loyalty and respectful behavior, won Col. Ardinburgh particular regard, received from his particular favors among which as a lot of land.lying back on the slope of a mountain, where they were able to raise a little tobacco, corn, or flax; which they…show more content…
Being a christian this allowed Sojourner Truth to forgive those who beat and betrayed her as a slave in her later years. Sojourner mother Mau-Mau Bette told Sojourner as a child “ My children, there is a God, who hears and sees you”....” He lives in the sky, when you are beaten, or cruelly treated, or fall into trouble, you must ask him to help you, and he will always hear and help you. These instructions of her mother where treasured up and held sacred by
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