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SOJOUNER TRUTH Sojourner Truth was born under the name Isabella Van Wagener This was not even her last name but her masters last name because slaves went by their masters last name She had at least five children with another slave that her master married her to named Thomas For a while she lived in slavery until a day in 1826 when Isaac Van Wagener set her free In irony less then a year later slavery was banned in New York Right after slavery had been made illegal she went to court and recovered her smallest son who had been sold away In 1829 she went to New York City and supported herself with domestic employment While in New York City she met Elijah Pierson a religious missionary She joined his retrenchment society and eventually his household In 1843 she left New York City and changed her name to Sojourner Truth which she used from then on Obeying a voice she said she heard from god travel up and down the land she went to churches all over the place and got people to accept the Bible and God In 1850 she wrote a book which she named The Narrative of Sojourner Truth One other thing that Sojourner Truth was famous for was her Aint I A Women speech in 1851 at the Womens Rights Convention No formal record of it exists but Frances Gage who was the president of the convention recounted Truths words She said that the words Aint I A Women were very strong and uplifting Also they have become common words women use today to show their rights In the 1850s she settled in Battle Creek Michigan While here she gathered supplies for black volunteer regiments and in 1864 went to Washington DC where she helped integrate street cars and was received at the White House by Abraham Lincoln For the rest of her life she helped
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