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Sojourner Truth was born sometime in 1797 in Hurley New York Her real name was Isabella Baumfree Her parents were slaves to a Dutch farmer and had 8 brothers and sisters Although Sojourner Truth was not allowed to learn how to read or write she was a wise woman and had an extraordinary gift of speech Her mother taught her three rules that will help her when she was on her own never lie never steal and trust in God When Belle was eleven she was sold She learned to speak in English because of her new masters wife After that she was sold twice and then forced to marry another slave She had 5 children New York State passed a law to free some slaves in 1817 but her master would not free her because he said that if she worked hard enough he would set Sojourner free so she did her best to get her freedom Sojourner Truth washed the dishes did gardening a lot harvest the foods fruits and vegetables and did all of that again and again When the year that every slave was waiting for which is the year 1829 her master said she didnt or wasnt working hard enough so she run away A family named Quaker helped to get her freedom After Belle left her son was sold when he was five Peter was now a slave in Alabama but the law said no slave in New York could be sold to someone in a different state Belle went to a judge won the case and got her son back It was a very important case because a black woman had won She went to New York to work as a housekeeper but when her son became a sailor she left the city In the 1840s slaves were treated like animals they had no rights Many people spoke out against slavery Sojourner met these
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