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Sojourner Truth



Sojourner Truth
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     challenging words:    refused, newly, area, abolitionists, classic, preach, originally, lawyer, health, ability, wherever, against, during, neither, phrase, base
     content words:    New York, Ulster County, When Sojourner Truth, Isabella Baumfree, New York State, New York City, Sojourner Truth, North Hampton, William Lloyd Garrison, Frederick Douglas


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Sojourner Truth
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     When the New York area was originally settled, it was by Dutch settlers who traded for land from the Indians. It was in Ulster County, New York, that a special woman was born in 1797.
 
2     When Sojourner Truth was born, her name was Isabella Baumfree. She was one of thirteen children born to her slave parents. She spoke only Dutch until the age of eleven, when she was sold. Her new owner spoke only English and she had to learn the language quickly to keep from making him angry. She was sold several times as a young woman and was finally made to marry an older slave, by the name of Thomas, on the Dumont farm.
 
3     In 1827, the year before slavery was outlawed in New York State, Mr. Dumont promised to free her. When he broke his promise, she decided to run away with the youngest of her five children. Isabella lived with a Quaker family for some time. They taught her a few things and helped her hire a lawyer to have one of her sons returned when he was illegally sold out of the state.

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