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A Portrayal of Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was American abolitionist and feminist, born in slavery. She is best known for her speech Am I not a woman?

She was one of thirteen children of James and Elizabeth Baumfree who were slaves of Colonel Hardenberg in New York City. After the colonel’s death in 1806, Isabella became the property of his son, and was sold at auction for $100 to John Neely. At the time she was about 9 and spoke only Dutch. Subsequently Truth characterized Neely as a cruel man.

In 1826, Truth left her owner with a newborn daughter, leaving the rest of the children, because by law they could have gained freedom only after the age of twenty, after having served as servants.

She settled in the house of Isaac and Maria Van Wagener. Later, Isabella learned that her owner illegally sold her five year old son Peter in Alabama. With the help of Isaac and Maria, she filed a lawsuit, and after several months of legal proceedings she returned her son. Thus, Truth became the first black woman to win a court case against a white man.

From June 1, 1843 Truth went around the country preaching the ideas of abolitionism. In 1844, she joined the Association of Education and Industry in Northampton (Massachusetts). The organization founded by abolitionists supported women’s rights, religious tolerance, and pacifism.

In 1850, William Lloyd Garrison privately published Narrative of Sojourner Truth: North slave, a book of memoirs dictated by Truth. The same year she bought a house for $300 in Northampton and gave a speech at the first National Women’s Rights Convention in Worcester (MA).

The following year, Truth left Northampton and joined the famous orator, abolitionist George Thompson. In May 1851, she visited the Women’s Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, where she pronounced her famous speech Am I not a woman? The slogan, posed in the title of the speech, was borrowed from one of the most famous abolitionist posters depicting a black woman kneeling who asks Am I not a woman and not a sister?

Over the next decade Truth performed in front of tens, perhaps hundreds, of audiences. In the years of 1851-1853, she worked in Ohio with Marius Robinson, editor of the abolitionist publication Anti-Slavery Bugle, and traveled around the state with her performances. In 1853, she appeared before the assembly of suffragettes in New York. The same year she met Harriet Beecher Stowe. In 1858, one of her performances was interrupted by a man who could not believe that a woman can make such speeches and said that in fact she was a man. In response, Truth unbuttoned her blouse and exposed her breasts.

Sojourner Truth was American abolitionist and feminist, born in slavery. She is best known for her speech Am I not a woman?

She was one of thirteen children of James and Elizabeth Baumfree who were slaves of Colonel Hardenberg in New York City. After the colonel’s death in 1806, Isabella became the property of his son, and was sold at auction for $100 to John Neely.

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