Abolitionists

Abolitionists
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  • Hi, I'm Sojourner Truth, I am an African American former slave, evangelist, abolitionist, women’s rights activist and author.
  • Hi, I'm Frederick Douglass, I too am a former slave and a very outspoken abolitionist, author, and public speaker.
  • I fled with my infant daughter because I was promised my freedom, when it wasn't granted, I left to make things right. 
  • We both fled our lives as slaves because of the horrors we had to endure as slaves.
  • After I fled, I went to abolitionist meetings that featured William Lloyd Garrison. 
  • After I fled slavery, I sued the man who illegally sold my son. I was the first black woman to sue a white man in the US courts and win.
  • It was there that Garrison encouraged me to speak and share my story about slavery. During my tour, I was brutally assaulted several times and even lost movement in my hand because of this, but that never dettered me. 
  • I felt called to preach and share my story and eventually met Frederick and other leading abolitionist leaders. I wrote a speech called "Ain't I A Woman?" and this became my most famous speech. I also advocated for human rights the rest of my life.
  • I wrote an autobiography about my journey through slavery and wrote a paper called the North Star about abolition and I was the only African American to go to the Seneca Falls Convention.
  • I also met President LIncoln due to my work in D.C. to get black soldiers to fight in the Civil War.
  • I supported President Lincoln during the Civil War and even met him, but fell into a disagreement with him over the Proclamation of 1763. I thought he should have given African Americans the right to vote as well as freedom. Lincoln and I made amends.
  • I continued to speak out against discrimination and in favor of woman’s suffrage. I felt equal rights for black men took precedence over those of black women, but that wasn't fair.
  • After the war, I served in many official positions in government, including an ambassador to the Dominican Republic, becoming the first black man to hold high office. I continued to advocate for African-American and women’s rights.
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