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EMANCIPATED FROM BODILY SERVITUDE BY THE
STATE OF NEW YORK, IN 1828.
WITH A PORTRAIT.
"Sweet is the virgin honey, though the wild bee store it
in a reed ;
And bright the jewelled band that circleth an Ethiopís arm ;
Pure are the grains of gold in the turbid stream of the Ganges ;
And fair the living flowers that spring from the dull cold sod.
Wherefore, thou gentle student, bend thine ear to my speech,
For I also am as thou art ; our hearts can commune together :
To meanest matters will I stoop, for mean is the lot of mortal ;
I will rise to noblest themes, for the soul hath a heritage of glory."
NEW YORK :
PUBLISHED FOR THE AUTHOR.
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Sojourner Truth was born Isabella Baumfree to slave parents in 1797 in Ulster County, New York. Under the gradual emancipation laws of New York, Isabella remained a slave until 1828. When Isabella experienced a religious conversion experience in 1843, she took the name Sojourner Truth. She began travelling the country, preaching what she called "God's truth." A powerful and compelling speaker, she became particularly famous for her speeches on abolition and her insistence on equal rights for women of all races. Her work and beliefs led her to Northampton, Massachusetts, where she joined a utopian society. Here she encountered famous abolitionists such as William Lloyd Garrison and Frederick Douglass. Sojourner Truth dictated her memoirs which were published in 1853 as the Narrative of Sojourner Truth a Northern Slave. She died in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1883.
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"Narrative of Sojourner Truth, A Northern Slave, Emancipated From Bodily Serviture By the State of New York in 1828"
| creator Privately printed or published
| author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896)
| date 1853
| location New York
| height 7.25"
| width 4.75"
| process/materials printed paper, ink
| item type Books/Non-fiction
| accession # #L00.069
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