“…I’ve born thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me!..”
This was a part of speech which delivered at the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention in 1851.
In the honors of mother’s day, I would be delighted to highlight the biography of a woman who gave birth to her children, when she was a slave in New York. A woman with improvised speech "Ain't I a Woman?".
Isabella Baumfree who has known later as Sojourner Truth, was born into slavery in 1797. When she was 9 years old, she had been sold with a flock of sheep for 100 USD to a person who knew as harsh and violent one. She had born thirteen children, one from the person who fell in love with, and others from the person who her owner forced her to marry.
In addition, her glamour as an anti-slavery woman started to appear when she knew that her son with five years old had been sold to a person who lives abroad. Truth didn’t afraid from speaking out, she raised money, hired an attorney, and challenged the seller in a united states court, using her best-known sentence “I’ll have my child again”.
Besides she brought her son back to New York, this was the first case in which a black woman successfully challenged a white man in a United States court. Moreover, her speech “Ain’t I a woman” made her widely known and had a lot of people who helped her in anti-slavery publication, she dedicated her life to abolish slavery until she became an African American abolitionist and women’s rights activist.
She helped to recruit African American people in the Union Army. Also, she forced the discrimination of streetcars by riding in a car that was designated only for whites. Another point is, she demanded the government to provide lands for former slaves. Her memories were published in a book; a library has been established and named by her name “The Sojourner Truth Library” which exists in State University of New York and finally a nonprofit organization located in Indiana was named “The Sojourner Truth House”.
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