Sojourner Truth was one of the first abolitionists and speakers for women's rights. She was born as a slave, but escaped from slavery in 1826. She was born Isabella Baumfree, but renamed herself to 'Sojourner Truth' when she was 46.
She lectured widely on the cruelties she had experienced as a slave. She is best known for her "Ain't I a Woman?" speech, given at the Woman's Rights Convention of 1851. She also gave out speeches about abolishing slavery.
Sojourner was the first African American to win a trial against a white man. This trial was about getting her son Peter back. This was a great accomplishment for African Americans.
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- "Amazing Life page". Sojourner Truth Institute site. http://www.sojournertruth.org/History/Biography/NY.htm. Retrieved December 28, 2006.