A Strong-minded Woman.

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Isabelle Baumfree, also known as Sojourner Truth, was born in New York in 1797. She was born into slavery, and got separated from her family when she was nine. As a child Sojourner was sold several times to different families until she ended up at a farm owned by John and Sally Dumont. She was isolated from other African American families and suffered from physical and sexual abuse. Sojourner used to go into the woods and communicate with Jesus, which gave her strength and confidence to resist the slave owners. Truth is most known for being an abolitionist, minister, ex-slave and Women’s Right Activist.

Sojourner Truth is an important historical figure because she was an abolitionist, promoted women’s rights, worked to end slavery and wrote a book fighting the issue of black slavery liberalism. After she escaped from her masters, she started becoming a preacher. Working as a preacher, she became a powerful speaker on both subjects. Sojourner Truth is most famous for her “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech she delivered in Ohio in 1851. Her speech was a brave and important move to help with women’s rights in the years to come. She also was an important and hard working abolitionist who fought hard for her people.

When Sojourner Truth was working as an abolitionist, she worked with other abolitionists who worked as hard as she did. Two of the people that Sojourner worked with were Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison. They are all important historical figures that are known for how they affected the world at the time and the result of their fight.

Sojourner Truth has a memorial statue in Florence, MA as recognition of how hard she worked. The statue was created in 1992 by a group of citizens from many walks of life. The memorial was made as recognition of the role she played in the history of equality and justice in The United States of America.

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8 Responses to A Strong-minded Woman.

  1. bsullivan35 says:

    Great image of Truth! You also provide well the large canvas of Truth’s achievements, which is so important to appreciate. Can you please provide a source for her biography and your other information? Also, what is a connection to our goal? Did she always travel on the east side of the Connecticut River through Enfield on the way to Florence?

  2. 14ahw says:

    I think you had a lot of interesting facts in your writing. For example I would have never known that she wrote a book nor would I have known that she worked as a preacher. I am wondering if she could have played a role in slaves traveling through Suffield? I think if you wrote more on how she helped slaves specifically relating to our class that this would have been even better.

  3. suffieldkid says:

    You did a great job in presenting all of your facts in an organized fashion. I wonder if there is an accurate estimate of how many fleeing slaves she helped? I think talking a little more about her influence of women’s rights really would have pulled the piece together.

  4. 14bsd says:

    Certainly an interesting piece on Sojourner truth. Also, great image of the woman to go with her Hot Log. What other pieces of information do you think Florence has to offer regarding sojourner truth? Newspapers or other articles? Maybe include some kind of fact like how many slaves she was estimated to have saved. Other than that, great writing.

  5. Jack Frank says:

    You presented many interesting facts and figures regarding Sojourner Truth. I think that you could cut out some of Truth’s background and focus more on a specific quality that relates back to our mission. Did Truth pass through Suffield? Maybe you could expand upon this.

  6. ahglennon says:

    I really liked this information on Sojourner Truth, especially the note on her work with other very well known abolitionists. I have read a lot on how long it took her statue to be erected, do you happen to know why? Also just on a grammatical note, I believe her name was spelled, “Sojourner”. Great over all info.

  7. 14dlw says:

    This was a very good post about Sojourner Truth, Sofie! I enjoyed reading about how she worked together with other abolitionists. Is there any proof that Sojourner might have travelled through Suffield? Other than some grammatical errors (her name being spelled Sojourner), there is not much to correct here. Good job!

  8. BozotheClown says:

    Great piece, Sofie. I like that you organized your information so well and I learnt a lot about Sojourner such as how she worked with other abolitionists and that she wrote a book. You had a lot of great background information on her too.

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