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circa 1870: Former slave Sojourner Truth (1797 - 1883), freed when New York state abolished slavery she became a campaigner for women's rights and abolition. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

circa 1870:  Former slave Sojourner Truth (1797 - 1883), freed when New York state abolished slavery she became a campaigner for women's rights and abolition.  (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)