Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree in 1797 in Upstate, New York.  She was born into slavery but escaped in 1826, she was best known for being an outspoken advocate for slaves and women’s right.  She is a counter culture figure because of her activism in the abolition of slavery and being a women’s right activist.  ”I am a woman’s rights.  I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man.  I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed and can any man do more than that?”  Truth was determined and experienced, she had seen the hardships of slavery and also of being a woman a slave.  Her counter culture status is achieved through the opposition of two things that were considered, “socially acceptable.”  Slavery was prevalent throughout the country and Truth opposed it, which would cause her to make a lot of enemies.  Also, she was a woman, and women during the 19th century did not have status so for a woman to speak out against slavery was unheard of.  Truth paved the way for african-americans to have status and for women as well.

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2 Responses to Sojourner Truth

  1. Georgina Blakeley says:

    It is interesting that Truth fights for not just the rights of African Americans but also that she finds it important that women have equal rights too.

  2. 13ans says:

    It is interesting that while also being a feminist and civil rights activist, Truth also was able to articulate herself eloquently.

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