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TED-Ed Lesson by Daina Ramey Berry, directed by WOW-HOW Studio.

Sojourner Truth - Civil Rights Activist | Mini Bio |

Sojourner Truth (born Isabella Baumfree, c. 1797 to November 26, 1883) was an 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.

Sojourner Truth scholar Margaret Washington (Cornell) discussing her  work, "Sojourner Truth's America" Oct. 12, 2009. Washington examines Sojourner Truth's world within the broader panorama of American history, slavery and other significant reforms in the turbulent age of Abraham Lincoln.

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