Sojourner Truth, Abolitionist and Women's Rights Activist
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree in Swartekill, New York. In 1826, Truth escaped to freedom with her infant daughter. After going to court in 1828 to recover her son, she became the first African American woman to win such a case against a white man.
Her best-known speech was delivered extemporaneously, in 1851, at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron. The speech became widely known during the Civil War by the title "Ain't I a Woman?," a variation of the original speech re-written by someone else using a stereotypical Southern dialect; whereas Sojourner Truth was from New York and grew up speaking Dutch as her first language.
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