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Sojourner Truth

(1797-1883)

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Sojourner Truth (c. 1797 – November 26, 1883) was the self-given name, from 1843, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, New York. Her best-known speech, Ain't I a Woman?, was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. more »

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  • ''In the courts women have no rights, no voice; nobody speaks for them. I wish woman to have her voice there among the pettifoggers. If it is not a fit place for women, it is unfit for men to be there.''
    Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), African American human rights activist and preacher. As quoted in Feminism: The Essential Historical Writings, part 3, by...
  • I am sometimes told that "Women aint fit to vote. Why, don't you know that a woman had seven devils in her: and do you suppose a woman is fit to rule the nation?" Seven devils aint no account; a man h...
    Sojourner Truth (c. 1797-1883), African American suffragist and abolitionist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, vol. 2, ch. 18, by Susan B. Anth...
  • ''What's dat got to do with women's rights or niggers' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint and yourn holds a quart, wouldn't ye be mean not to let me have my little half-measure full?''
    Sojourner Truth (c. 1777-1883), African American suffragist and abolitionist; later an itinerant preacher and advocate of various social reforms inclu...
  • ''Religion without humanity is a poor human stuff.''
    Sojourner Truth (c. 1777-1883), African American slave; later an itinerant preacher and advocate of various social reforms including abolition, woman ...
  • ''Sisters, I a'n't clear what you'd be after. Ef women want any rights more'n dey's got, why don't dey jes take 'em, an' not be talkin' about it?''
    Sojourner Truth (c. 1777-1883), African American slave; later an itinerant preacher and advocate of various social reforms including abolition, woman ...
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