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“Children, who made your skin white? Was it not God? Who made mine Black? Was it not the same God? Am I to blame, therefore, because my skin is Black? …. Does not God love colored children as well as white children? And did not the same Savior die to save the one as well as the other?”

  • She was owned as a slave by a man John Dumont, who promised to free her in 1826 if she did a good job. When the time came, he refused to free her.
  • She escaped from Dumont, but she had to leave behind all but one of her children.
  • After the Civil War ended, she petitioned the government to resettle former slaves on government land in the west. She was unsuccessful with her petitions.



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Women's Rights and Abolition


After escaping slavery, Truth worked for a several minister. She became a very devout Christian. Through travelling with these ministers she met abolitionists (people who wanted slavery abolished). That became a cause that she fought for. In her travels she also met Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony, both of whom championed women's rights. They are responsible for encouraging her to support women's rights as well.


  • She escaped slavery and became a free woman in 1826.
  • She became the first black woman to successfully sue a white man to regain custody of her son.
  • Gave many powerful speeches about equal rights for black women.
  • She helped recruit black soldiers to fight for the Union during the Civil War.
  • She gained an audience at the White House wih Abraham Lincoln in 1864.

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Sojourner Truth was born in 1797.She died in 1883.

Background Information

  • She was born in New York, making her an American.
  • Because Sojourner truth was born a slave, she was never taught to read and write.

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