Sojourner Truth was an amazing woman. She was a Women’s Rights Activist and an African American Abolitionist. Sojourner Truth was against slavery and was helping the Union. Truth had a rough life, she was born into slavery, escaped slavery with her kids, and spoke to many people to try to help free people from slavery. Truth was a very strong willed woman and could handle anything that got in her way of freedom.
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery by her parents James and Elizabeth Baumfree. She was born in New York in 1797. Her actual birth date was not recorded. She grew up on Colonel Hardenbergh’s Farm. After Hardenbergh died, his son took over the farm and separated Truths parents and sold her at auction along with a flock of sheep for a mere one hundred dollars. She was sold to John Neely. She remembered Neely to be “harsh and violent”. She was sold two more times and ended under John Dumont’s ownership.
In 1815 Truth met a man named Robert who lived on a neighboring farm. The two of them had a daughter. When Roberts owner found out he forbid him to see Truth again because any of the children that the two of them had would be property of Truth’s owner not Robert’s. Truth and Robert never saw each other again. In 1817 Truth’s owner made truth marry another one of his slaves named Thomas. They had a son named Peter, and two daughters named Elizabeth and Sophia. On July 4, 1826 the state of New York emancipated all slaves. Truth then escaped to freedom with her youngest daughter, Sophia.
She left her son Peter and her other Daughter Elizabeth. Shortly after Truth escaped she heard news that her son, Peter, was sold illegally. She went to court and became the first black woman to successfully challenge a white man. Her son was soon returned to her. Sojourner Truth converted to Christianity, and moved with her son Peter to New York City in 1829.
In 1844, Truth began to show herself as a Woman’s Rights...