Where to Learn More

Chang, I. A Separate Battle: Women and the Civil War. New York: Scholastic, 1994.

Hagerman, Keppel. Dearest of Captains: A Biography of Sally Louisa Tompkins. White Stone, VA: Brandyland Publishers, 1996.

Massey, Mary Elizabeth. Women in the Civil War. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1966.

Sojourner Truth

Born 1797 Ulster County, New York Died November 26, 1883 Battle Creek, Michigan

Abolitionist and women's rights activist

Sojourner Truth

Born 1797 Ulster County, New York Died November 26, 1883 Battle Creek, Michigan

Abolitionist and women's rights activist

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Abolitionist Sojourner Truth is one of the most famous women in American history. Born into slavery, she became a leader in the abolitionist movement (the crusade to end slavery in America) and a pioneer in the battle for women's rights during the 1840s and 1850s. Truth also emerged as an energetic advocate (supporter) for blacks during the post-Civil War era known as Reconstruction (1865-77). Today, she is remembered as one of the leading social reformers of her time.

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