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Title: Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth
Dates Of Life
  • Sojourner Truth was born January 1797 in Ulster
    County, New York. as Isabella Baumfree.
  • She died November 1883 in Battle Creek, Michigan.
  • Major Life events
  • Sold from her family at age eleven
  • 1828 - Ran away with her infant son after a
    promise of freedom was broken.
  • 1843 inspired to change her name to
    Sojourner Truth.
  • 1850 Published her memoirs in The Narrative
    of Sojourner Truth A Northern Slave.
  • 1851 - Spoke at a women's covention in Akron,
    Ohio, where her Aint I A Woman speech is
    credited to her.

Major Events
  • Napoleon Crowned Emperor- 1804
  • Missouri Compromise- 1820
  • California Gold Rush- 1849
  • Abraham Lincoln elected President- 1860
  • Civil War begins- 1861

Literary Period
  • Sojourner Truth spoke during the Romantic Period
    of literature. Writers during her time were
    considered Romantics, and their writings focused
    on nature and the individual. They valued
    introspection and self-determination.
  • Many slaves and former slaves were also being
    interviewed and their narratives became a big
    part of the literature of the time.

Famous Works
  • Narrative of Sojourner Truth
  • Aint I A Woman

Famous Peers
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Frederick Douglass
  • William Lloyd Garrison
  • Harriet Tubman
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Famous First
  • Sojourner Truth was the first African American
    woman to win a lawsuit in the United States when
    she fought for her son's freedom after he had
    been illegally sold.

Influenced By
  • Progressive thinkers like William Lloyd Garrison
    and Frederick Douglass.
  • Slavery, Abolitionist Movement, Womens Rights
  • Strong spiritual influence by her mother.

  • She influenced the political leaders of her time
    such as Abraham Lincoln.
  • Women and African Americans.
  • Other aboitionists.

Significant Quotations
  • Aint I A Woman?"
  • If women want any rights more than they's got,
    why don't they just take them, and not be talking
    about it.
  • "If the first woman God ever made was strong
    enough to turn the world upside down all alone,
    these women together ought to be able to turn it
    back and get it right-side up again. And now that
    they are asking to do it the men better let

Most Famous Characters
  • Herself

Literary Terms and Elements
  • Sojourner Truth was illiterate, so her works were
    dictated to someone else or just spoken.
  • She used humor and rhetorical questions to help
    make her points.
  • Used
  • common speech. irony
  • repetition logic

Family Facts
  • She was 1 of 13 children born to slave parents.
    Her mother endowed her with a deep, unwavering
    Christian faith that carried her through these
    trials for her entire life. She was sold from her
    family around the age of eleven. Her first
    language was Dutch.
  • She married another slave named Thomas and had
    five kids, many of which were sold to other

Fun Facts
  • Other than a writer and abolitionist Sojourner
    Truth was also a preacher.
  • She spoke only Dutch until she was eleven and
    always spoke with a Dutch accent.
  • Many critics speculated that she was a man in
    disguise, and she is said to have opened her
    blouse at a womans rights convention to prove
    them wrong.

Works Cited
  • Krass, Peter. Arent I A Woman? Sojourner
    Truth Antislavery Activist.
  • Nathan Irvin Huggins. New York Chelsea House
    Publishers, 1988. 11-19.
  • Prentice Hall Literature The American
    Experience. Grade 11.Ed., Kate Kinsella, Kevin
    Feldman. Upper Saddle River, New Jersey
    Prentice Hall, 2005
  • Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 4 Early Nineteenth
    Century Sojourner Truth." PAL Perspectives in
    American Literature- A Research and Reference
    Guide. 9 January, 2006. lthttp//
  • Woodlief, Ann. American Romanticism. 2001.
    VCU. 9 January, 2006.
  • http//
  • Jean Rosado and Katy Wright
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