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Abolitionism Essay

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Shayna BlumellUS History 1 HonorsMrs. PortsJune 7th 2013Abolitionism: Did someone have an impact on it?Between the time of 1790-1920 lived two women. Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth.Which of these women would have the biggest impact on abolitionism?Sojourner Truth, or her birth name Isabella Baumfree, was born into slavery in 1797 in New York, Ulster county. "She believed herself chosen by God to preach His word and help with the abolitionist effort to free her people." When Truth was nine she was sold to a man named John Nealey. After about three years Truth was owned by two more masters, and after seventeen years she gave birth to five children, whose father was a slave. Truth became ...view middle of the document...

" (biography.com/people/harriet-tubman-9511430) In all she made nineteen trips to maryland to help people. Being unwise and small in all she helped over three hundred people escape to freedom. She didn't ever lose a slave and had help from anti-slavery leaders to help her get the slaves to freedom,she did this day and night. Being that she was doing this she became "a wanted criminal in states when slavery was legal" While the civil war went on harriet was "a spy,nurse,scout,and cook for the union soldiers" When the war was over Harriet opened a place for old slaves to go. She was paid by the government, only twenty dollars every month, for what she helped out with in the north army. It was hard for Harriet to keep the negro home open.She spent her life trying to help others and died a hero on March tenth 1913. (harriet tubman thinkquest. oracle)The difference between Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth is their expert skills. Sojourner Truth worked to put an end to slavery, promote equal rights for women, and stop the use of alcohol for men and women. Even though she was supportive and caring for the Underground Railroad she didn't really participate in it. ("narrative of sojourner truth" by oliver gilbert 1850) Harriet Tubman was also known as the black moses of the Underground Railroad. Basically Harriet Tubman gave her life to help slaves escape to freedom. She is know for in history as the most popular conductor on the Underground Railroad, her job was a "civil rights activist" (Biography.com/people/harriet-tubman-9511430) .I was once told that the similarities between Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman are described as a bond of sisterhood. Truth and Tubman were both born into slavery and grew to be great leaders. They grew up believing in something and made it come true by sticking to it. I look up to them as role models in a way because it seems like back then things were very strict and one way, but they didn't want to always live that way so they made a difference in people's lives. That shows a lot of courage and dedication to accomplish something like that back then as an African American women. So finally to me they are remembered and talked about as strong, successful women.Both Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman were very effective when it comes to abolitionism. Sojourner Truth had to fight for her own personal rights to get what she wanted which was to get her son back. First off, Truth's former master sold her son illegally,and Sojourner didn't know about it for a while. Sojourner fought for years, went to jail, court, and back to jail until finally she won her case against a white man. Which was to sue the slave owner who sold her five year old son illegally. She was the first African American women to do so. Sojourner Truth...

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