Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth were born into slavery and became abolitionists. Both were great public speakers.
The Fugitive Slave Law transformed the attitudes of many abolitionists, including Douglass. [ [ Though he had previously condemned radical calls for rebellion against proslavery advocates and masters, by 1850, Douglass was espousing new views. He now suggested that attacking slave catchers was the only means of preventing the inhumane yet legally-sanctioned practice of slavery. He was also a great spokesman for universal suffrage, women's rights, and world peace. In 1848 Douglass participated in the first women's rights convention in Seneca Falls, New York. In 1872 he ran for vice president on the Equal Rights Party ticket. In 1889 he was appointed minister to Haiti. He died on February 20, 1895.
Sojourner Truth touched the hearts of many and led to the strengthening of the abolitionist movement in the United States. One of her most famous lines was delivered in response to a man who questioned her womanhood. Recounting the trials and tribulations that the slave woman suffered and speaking as a mother of children, Sojourner Truth asked, "Ain't I a woman!" In October, 1864 she addressed an audience with President Abraham Lincoln at the White House. She died on November 23, 1883 at her home in Battle Creek, Michigan.
Sojourner Truth (c.1797-1883), born Isabella Van Wagener, was one of the most famous female African-American abolitionists of the nineteenth century. Born into slavery, Truth was set free in 1827 and took the name Sojourner Truth in 1843. She became an evangelist and a moving public speaker, despite the fact that she remained illiterate throughout her life.
Frederick Douglass (c.1817-1895), born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, was a runaway slave, a supporter of women's rights, and probably the most prominent abolitionist and human rights leader of the nineteenth century ] ] (More)