Please use the link below to learn more about Sojourner Truth and the convention in Akron.
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Ohio History Central
A short biography of Sojourner Truth, who gave her famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech in Akron, Ohio.
Sojourner Truth – Know Ohio
This video from WVIZ/PBS Ideastream briefly discusses the dual issues of women’s rights and racial equality at the time of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech, which she gave at the 1851 Ohio Women’s Convention in Akron, Ohio. A transcript of the video is available. Grades 3-8.
American Battlefield Trust
This Web site provides a transcription of the 1878 book Narrative of Sojourner Truth. A link to the digitized book from the Library of Congress (also on this list) can be accessed here www.loc.gov/resource/lhbum.25244/?sp=1
Human Rights First
A performance of Sojourner Truth’s “Aint’ I a Woman?’ speech by actress Alfre Woodard is included in a blog post celebrating Truth’s life and anti-slavery activism.
Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Library of Congress)
The digitized 1878 book on the life of Sojourner Truth through her own recollections.
National Park Service
The Women’s Rights National Historical Park article about Sojourner Truth’s famous 1851 speech in Akron, Ohio.
National Women’s History Museum
The NWHM displays the life of Sojourner Truth as a digital exhibit and offers a section with lesson plans focused on the work of Truth and others in the Women’s Suffrage Movement.
New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
New York, the state of Sojourner Truth’s birth, provides videos on the 2020 installation of a bronze statue to honor Truth at Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.
Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee
The Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee of Florence, Massachusetts, the one-time residence of Sojourner Truth, provides biographical information of the abolitionist’s life in that community. The Web site includes excerpts from speeches and links to additional Sojourner Truth resources.
The Sojourner Truth Project
This project looks at the controversy over the two transcriptions of Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I A Woman?’ speech. This Web site provides the opportunity to compare the speeches and includes readings by women in contemporary Afro-Dutch dialects, representing Truth’s now lost specific dialect.
“There is a River.” This Far by Faith. PBS
Episode 1 of the This Far by Faith series about the African-American religious experience includes the key moments of Sojourner Truth’s faith during her life as an enslaved woman and activist. Only the transcript of the episode is available from the Web site at www.pbs.org/thisfarbyfaith/about/episode_1.html.