U.S.History

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Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth was born in 1797 in Hurley, New York. The exact date of her birth is still unknown, but it is believed to have been during the fall. Truth was born into slavery and was given the name Isabella Baumfree. Sojourner parents were slaves as well. Isabella was first owned by a Dutch named Charles, who was happened to be a decent slave owner. Slave trading was very prominent, she was traded and then sold several times within her life. Proceeding his death, she was separated from her mother and auctioned to another set of plantation owners, the Neelys.Sojourner ran away from slavery before the Emancipation Act could be established or published and then she changed her name to Sojourner Truth. Truth was bought…show more content…
She became focus for being the first black women to speak out against slavery. She developed her characteristics of courage and dependability from her mother, Mau Mau Bett, at an early age. . This name bring great meanings, she intended on telling the truth to all people about slavery. Sojourner wanted a religious name and she felt like that name fitted her well due to her purpose. Everywhere she spoke she made a lasting impression. She was overwhelmed and physically strong and over six feet tall and she had a powerful, booming voice. Sojourner Truth became known for her quick wit and powerful presence. She was never intimidated. Due to her powerful speaking ability, independent spirit and her six foot frame, she was often mistaken and accused of being a man. She ended the rumor and the lies or negativity in Silver Lake, Indiana when she exposed herself to the audience that accused her. She wrote a book in the 1850’s, which was published by William Lloyd Garrison. Because of her experiences with racism and slavery she was influenced to write poems and books. The author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beacher Stowe, also wrote about an encounter she had with Ms. Truth and called it “Sojourner Truth, the Libyan Sibyl”. Sojourner Truth led a fulfilling life that brought her to be the icon she had become. In 1990, a robot due to explore the surface of mars was named after the African American hero. Just as Truth, the

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