Born Isabella (Belle) Baumfree; c. 1797 November 26, 1883 was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. Late in 1826, Truth escaped to freedom with her infant daughter, Sophia.
She had to leave her other children behind because they were not legally freed in the emancipation order until they had served as bound servants into their twenties. She later said I did not run off, for I thought that wicked, but I walked off, believing that to be all right. After going to court to recover her son, in 1828 she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man.
She gave herself the name Sojourner Truth in 1843 after she became convinced that God had called her to leave the city and go into the countryside "testifying the hope that was in her".  Her best-known speech was delivered extemporaneously, in 1851, at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. The speech became widely known during the Civil War by the title Ain't I a Woman?
A variation of the original speech re-written by someone else using a stereotypical Southern dialect; whereas Sojourner Truth was from New York and grew up speaking Dutch as her first language. During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army; after the war, she tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves. The National Anti-Slavery Standard was the official weekly newspaper of the American Anti-Slavery Society, established in 1840 under the editorship of Lydia Maria Child and David Lee Child. The paper published continuously until the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1870. This listing includes the complete entire original 4 page newspaper, NOT just a clipping or a page of it.
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The item "BEST 1855 Anti-Slavery newspaper SOJOURNER TRUTH speaks at ABOLITION CONVENTION" is in sale since Wednesday, February 21, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Paper\Newspapers\Pre-1900". The seller is "qrst" and is located in Oxford, Maryland. This item can be shipped worldwide.