Today in history: November 26, 1883 - Sojourner Truth dies.
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery and became one of the most well known leaders in the abolitionist movement, and was also active in the women’s rights movement. Truth was born into slavery in New York, but escaped to freedom in 1826. She traveled the country spreading her powerful message for the abolition of slavery. Her book, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, told her story and spread the abolitionist message widely. Even among abolitionists, Truth was considered radical - she fought for political equality for all women, and criticized those in the abolitionist movement who failed to seek equal rights for Black women as well as men. She also took to task women’s rights activists who failed to include Black women, like in her famous 1851 speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”
During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit Black troops for the Union Army to fight against the pro-slavery South. After the Civil War, she continued to struggle for freedom and equality. She organized to force the desegregation of streetcars in Washington D.C. by riding in cars designated for whites, and also organized to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves, arguing that land would give African-Americans self-sufficiency and free them from indentured servitude to wealthy landowners.
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