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Early Expressions of Black Feminism Sojourner Truth (1797?-1883) was an American abolitionist who also advocated black women's rights. She began her speaking career as a preacher who toured the US helping freed slaves find work. In the 1850s, she became involved in the women's rights movement and added the fight for suffrage to that of freeing black slaves. Although she was illiterate, Truth dictated her autobiography to a friend and became a well known public figure who attracted large crowds.

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