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Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth

by Peter Roop, Connie Roop

"I am pleading for the mothers, Who gaze in wild despair, Upon the hated auction-block, And see their children there."

With these words Sojourner Truth sang about the pain that women slaves felt when their children were sold away from them. Sojourner Truth was born a slave in New York. Her son Peter was taken away from her and she went to extraordinary lengths to get him back. Through hard work and the help of her friends, Sojourner freed herself and her children from slavery. As a free woman, she traveled across the country speaking against slavery and in favor of women's rights.

9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 4 - 7
Tandem Library
Biography and Autobiography, Informational Text

About the Authors

Contributor Image Alt Tag Peter Roop In collaboration with his wife, Connie, Peter Roop has written everything from fiction to joke books to science to biographies. Both alone and in collaboration, Roop has authored 50 books, seven of which have been Reading Rainbow selections.
Connie Roop

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