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Sojourner Truth was once Isabella Van Wagenen. Dutch Culture and Language among African-Americans
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Sojourner Truth was once Isabella Van Wagenen. Dutch Culture and Language among African-Americans

(Lucas Ligtenberg) The Low Countries - 2009, № 17, pp. 290-292

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Sojourner Truth, the United States' best-known African-American woman of the nineteenth century, grew up speaking Dutch. The narrative of Sojourner Truth is one example of how widespread the Dutch language and culture were among African-Americans during the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

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