SOJURNER TRUTH

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Today's BAB is brought to you by TIM SULLIVAN!

Listen up, ladies and gentlemen, because Sojurner TRUTH is about to deliver us exactly that.

Born Isabella Baumfree in New York sometime around 1797, she grew up a slave speaking the native Dutch language of her owners. She was sold at age nine for $100 to an English-speaking family. She escaped slavery in 1826 with her infant child, being forced to leave her four older children behind ("I did not run off, for I thought that wicked, but I walked off, believing that to be all right."). Slavery was not abolished in New York until a year later.

In 1848, this fierce female converted to Methodism, renamed herself Sojurner Truth (meaning, roughly "To stay in the truth"), told her friends "the Spirit calls me, and I must go," and began marching up and down the country giving speeches on both the abolition of slavery and women's suffrage.

You may know her most famous speech as "Ain't I a Woman?," but it is unlikely she ever used those words. The speech at the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio is best known for a version published 10 years later that added a stereotypical Southern mammy drawl and exaggerated Sojurner's struggles by claiming she had 13 children (she had 5). But regardless of what you call it, CAN YOU JUST PLEASE RELISH EVERY DELICIOUS WORD BELOW?!? (from an account published 1 month later)

"I want to say a few words about this matter...I have as much muscle as any man, and can do as much work as any man. I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed, and can any man do more than that? I have heard much about the sexes being equal. I can carry as much as any man, and can eat as much too, if I can get it. I am as strong as any man that is now...The poor men seem to be all in confusion and don't know what to do...I can't read, but I can hear. I have heard the bible and have learned that Eve caused man to sin. Well, if woman upset the world, do give her a chance to set it right side up again...But man is in a tight place, the poor slave is on him, woman is coming on him, he is surely between a hawk and a buzzard."

WHERE do we even BEGIN?

"I HAVE A FEW WORDS ABOUT THIS MATTER."
"THE POOR MEN SEEM TO BE ALL IN CONFUSION."
"But man is in a tight place, the poor slave is on him, woman is coming on him, he is surely between a hawk and a buzzard."

WERK, SOJURNER! Please just ctl alt v that last sentence to the comments section on every sob story currently being published by straight white men crying about how hard they've got it in this politically correct age.

She soon became one of the most eminent public speakers in the country. Once, when she was interrupted by someone claiming she was actually a man, she up and GOT HER BREASTS OUT. When hecklers tried to interrupt her another time, she deadpanned "You may hiss as much as you please, but women will get their rights anyway. You can't stop us, neither". Point being, seriously TRY and interrupt Sojurner and see what state she leaves you in.

She tried to vote in 1872 and was turned away at the polls. She died in 1883 at the ripe old age of 86 (we think).

"Oh no, honey, I can’t read little things like letters. I read big things like men."

"Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life's light to be determined by the darkness around me."

"I feel safe in the midst of my enemies, for the truth is all powerful and will prevail."

"I am not going to die, I'm going home like a shooting star."

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