She escaped to Canada in 1827; after New York state abolished slavery that year, she returned there in 1829, worked as a domestic servant for over a decade, and joined Elijah Pierson in evangelical preaching on street-corners.
Later in life she became a noted speaker for both the Abolitionist movement and the women's rights movement. Perhaps one of her most famous speeches was Ain't I a Woman, a short but pointed commentary delivered in 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio.
In 1850, she worked with Olive Gilbert to produce a biography, the Narrative of Sojourner Truth. During the American Civil War, she organized collection of supplies for the Union.
See also: Slave narrative
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