Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883

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Sojourner Truth (born Isabella Baumfree, c. 1797, Swartekill, New York-died November 26, 1883), African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist best-known for her speech on racial inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?", delivered extemporaneously in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention. Truth was born into slavery but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. She devoted her life to the abolitionist cause and helped to recruit black troops for the Union Army. Although Truth began her career as an abolitionist, the reform causes she sponsored were broad and varied, including prison reform, property rights and universal suffrage. Truth was also known as Isabella Van Wagenen.
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referencedIn Norman Studer Papers, 1817-2012 University at Albany, University Libraries
referencedIn Garrison family. Garrison Family Papers, 1694-2005 Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Mays, Victor, 1927-. Sojourner Truth, fearless crusader : production material, ca. 1972. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Meriwether, Lide Parker Smith, 1829-. Papers, 1890, 1903. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Hamlin, Joanne. Papers, 1975. Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn De Cormier, Robert. Sojourner Truth research collection, 1830-1986. Campbell University, Wiggins Memorial Library
referencedIn Berenice Bryant Lowe Papers, 1880s-1980s Bentley Historica Library University of Michigan
referencedIn Women's Rights Collection, 1789-2000 (bulk: 1864-1983) Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Lowe, Berenice Bryant. Berenice B. Lowe papers, 1880s-1980s. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Guide to the Daily Worker and Daily World Photographs Collection, 1920-2001 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Audiotape collection of Judy Chicago, 1968-2001 Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.). Ethnic Heritage Studies: Developing a Programmed Literature Unit. Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies Library
referencedIn Home Circle Association. Record book, 1890-1893. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May diary, 1861. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Guide to the Nell Irvin Painter Papers, 1793-2016 and undated, bulk 1876-2007 Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
creatorOf Truth, Sojourner, d. 1883. Abraham Lincoln autograph, October 29, 1864. University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library
referencedIn Women's rights collection, 1789-2000 (bulk: 1864-1983) Smith College, Neilson Library
referencedIn Bobbye S. Ortiz Papers, (bulk, 1919-1993 and undated, 1950-1990) David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
creatorOf Dale, Rebecca S., 1965-. And ain't I a woman / music by Rebecca S. Dale ; text by Sojourner Truth. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874. Papers, 1762-1962 Syracuse University. Library. Special Collections Research Center
referencedIn May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. Samuel Joseph May diary, 1868. Cornell University Library
referencedIn Morgan family papers 1834-1913 Morgan family papers William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Gioffre, Marisa. Bread and roses : a documentary play with music on the history of American women from the 19th century to the present : typescript, 1975. New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn Images of Labor Poster Collection, 1994 The University of New Mexico, University Libraries, Center for SouthwestResearch
referencedIn National Woman Suffrage Association. National Woman Suffrage Association Centennial autograph book, 1876. New York State Historical Documents (Albany, N.Y.)
referencedIn Morgan family. Morgan family papers, 1834-1913. William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Bernard, Jacqueline, 1921-1983. Papers, 1893-1983 (inclusive), 1943-1983 (bulk). Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America‏
referencedIn Sojourner Truth, an engraving, [ca. 1862]. Washington State University, Holland and Terrell Libraries
referencedIn Chicago, Judy, 1939-. Study for Sojourner Truth, 1977. Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Truth, Sojourner, 1797-1883. Commonplace book, 1890-1898. Connecticut Historical Society
referencedIn Sojourner Truth Club (Richmond, Ind.). Records, 1922-1975 (bulk 1922-1940). Indiana Historical Society Library
creatorOf Truth, Sojourner, d. 1883. Sojourner Truth papers, 1853-1883. Library of Congress
referencedIn Moving Images relating to National Parks, 1970-1999, Ain't I a woman National Archives at College Park
referencedIn Autograph File, T, 1580-1975. Houghton Library
creatorOf Weston, G. B. (Gershom Bradford), 1799-1869,. Gershom Bradford Weston pamphlet collection, 1828-1867. Duxbury Rural and Historical Society
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memberOf American Equal Rights Association corporateBody
memberOf American Woman Suffrage Association corporateBody
associatedWith Anthony, Susan Brownell, 1820-1906 person
associatedWith Benson, George William, b. 1808. person
associatedWith Bernard, Jacqueline, 1921-1983. person
associatedWith Bread and Roses Cultural Project corporateBody
associatedWith Chicago, Judy, 1939- person
associatedWith Communist Party of the United States of America. corporateBody
associatedWith Dale, Rebecca S., 1965- person
associatedWith Douglass, Frederick, 1818-1895 person
associatedWith Gage, Frances Dana, 1808-1884 person
correspondedWith Gale, Mary K. person
associatedWith Garrison family. family
associatedWith Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879 person
associatedWith Gioffre, Marisa. person
associatedWith Grant, Ulysses Simpson, 1822-1885 person
associatedWith Hamlin, Joanne. person
associatedWith Haviland, Laura S. (Laura Smith), 1808-1898 person
associatedWith Home Circle Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Judy Chicago person
associatedWith Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865. person
associatedWith Lowe, Berenice Bryant. person
associatedWith May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. person
associatedWith Mays, Victor, 1927- person
associatedWith Meriwether, Lide Parker Smith, 1829- person
correspondedWith Morgan, D. H., fl. 1871 person
associatedWith Morgan family family
associatedWith Morgan family. family
associatedWith Mott, Lucretia, 1793-1880 person
associatedWith National Woman Suffrage Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Ortiz, Bobbye S. person
associatedWith Painter, Nell Irvin. person
associatedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
associatedWith Pillsbury, Parker, 1809-1898 person
associatedWith Post, Amy Kirby, 1802- person
associatedWith Robinson, Marius Racine, 1806-1878 person
associatedWith Ruggles, David, 1810-1849 person
associatedWith Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874 person
associatedWith Sojourner Truth Club (Richmond, Ind.) corporateBody
associatedWith Stowe, Harriet Beecher, 1811-1896 person
associatedWith Studer, Norman. person
associatedWith Thompson, George, 1804-1878 person
correspondedWith Titus, Frances W. person
associatedWith Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.) corporateBody
associatedWith Weston, G. B. (Gershom Bradford), 1799-1869, person
associatedWith White, Ellen-Gould (Harmon), 1827-1915 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States 00 US
Hurley NY US
Battle Creek MI US
African American abolitionists
Antislavery movements
Human rights
Social reformers
Women's rights


Birth 1797

Death 1883-11-26





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SNAC ID: 83843060