Sojourner Truth

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Isabella better known as Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in 1797 in a small village called Hurley located in New York. Prior to becoming born again and transitions from Isabella to Sojourner Truth, Truth nor her slave master new her exact date of birth. However, she officially became Sojourner Truth June 1st 1843.Although Truth knew very little about her parents, she knew that their names were James and Betsy and that they were the property of a plantation a few miles from hers. Sojourner Truth was the youngest of twelve children, only one in which she knew due to the fact the rest of them either died or were traded to other plantations. When Isabella was just nine years old she was sold to new owners that spoke English rather than Dutch, her first language. She was taken from her family and removed from her comfort zone for just $100.
Like most slaves Isabella had little to no education and was forced to speak the language of her owners. In 1815 Truth married a man named Thomas that she met on her same plantation and they had five children together, “Diana (b. 1815), Peter (b.1821), Elizabeth (b.1825), Sophia (b.1826), and the fifth child that died at birth. As a young child Truth was abused so often when her work was not done right that she had man sleepless nights, trying to make sure her work was done proper.
Career Life
With four small children and an infant Sojourner Truth “Walked to freedom” in 1876. In 1873 shortly after changing her name to Sojourner Truth she made a decision to travel preaching “against injustice”. A few years into her ministry Truth began selling pictures of herself that read “I sell the shadow to support the substance” across the bottom. These portraits were not only a tactic to get people to understand what she was preaching; they were also a significant portion of income for her. In 1846, a year…...

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