Sojourner Truth - Biography
Preacher, Abolitionist, Suffragette
Birthplace: Ulster County, NY
As a free woman at age 43, Sojourner Truth left New York and decided
to "sojourn" the land and speak the God's "truth."
She traveled extensively, speaking about her life as a slave and eventually
arriving in Northampton, MA, where she was introduced to the women’s equality
movement. Some suffragettes were not receptive to Truth's support because
they feared that their cause would get confused with abolition and that
the newspapers would not cover their story. Perhaps her greatest achievement
was desegregating the streetcars of Washington, DC. When various conductors
refused to let her ride, Truth took legal action by reporting them to
the president of the City Rail Way who fired them. She went on to become
one of the most distinguished and highly respected African-American women
in the 19th century.
Abolitionists Working Together
This lesson discusses the relationship between different abolitionists, including Sojourner Truth.
Ain't I a Woman
Truth's famous speech.
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