Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Narrative of Sojourner Truth

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by Sojourner Truth
     
 

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One of the most famous and admired African-American women in U.S. history, Sojourner Truth sang, preached, and debated at camp meetings across the country, led by her devotion to the antislavery movement and her ardent pursuit of women's rights. Born into slavery in 1797, Truth fled from bondage some 30 years later to become a powerful figure in the progressive

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One of the most famous and admired African-American women in U.S. history, Sojourner Truth sang, preached, and debated at camp meetings across the country, led by her devotion to the antislavery movement and her ardent pursuit of women's rights. Born into slavery in 1797, Truth fled from bondage some 30 years later to become a powerful figure in the progressive movements reshaping American society.
This remarkable narrative, first published in 1850, offers a rare glimpse into the little-documented world of Northern slavery. Truth recounts her life as a slave in rural New York, her separation from her family, her religious conversion, and her life as a traveling preacher during the 1840s. She also describes her work as a social reformer, counselor of former slaves, and sponsor of a black migration to the West.
A spellbinding orator and implacable prophet, Truth mesmerized audiences with her tales of life in bondage and with her moving renditions of Methodist hymns and her own songs. Frederick Douglass described her message as a "strange compound of wit and wisdom, of wild enthusiasm, and flint-like common sense." This inspiring account of a black woman's struggles for racial and sexual equality is essential reading for students of American history, as well as for those interested in the continuing quest for equality of opportunity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780486298993
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Publication date:
07/07/1997
Series:
Dover Thrift Editions Series
Pages:
80
Sales rank:
507,530
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.19(h) x 0.21(d)
Age Range:
11 Years

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Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 49 reviews.
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Crystal Montanez More than 1 year ago
I am a high school sophomore. I was recommended to read this biography from my World Literature teacher for a project discussing Slavery. I strongly believe this biography is not for everyone. Especially for myself there were some parts of the book that I grew bored of. For example, when the author talks about how wonderful Isabella, also famously known as Sojourner Truth, is she over repeatedly uses different words to get the same point across or fraises sentences that repeat the same information. When reading the biography it sometimes seems like the author is just putting information in words to finish the book. But, I do have to say that one of my favorite parts of this book was the part where the author includes how inspirational she is too many people in her speeches. It really surprised me how she originally was a horrible speaker in front of audiences. It showed me that if you really if you put your heart and time into something you truly love it will make a difference in you and others. I would have loved to live to hear one of her speeches. The author did an excellent job on describing certain events that most authors do not write about the person they are doing a biography on. Describing the little moments in Sojourner Truths life came to show that even those little things can make a huge impact on a person’s life. Besides being greatly informed about her life this biography did really show me how difficult it was to be a born a slave. I would recommend this biography to anyone who is interested in learning more about Sojourner Truth and Slavery. Even though some parts may be a little exhausting once you get past them it gets interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sojourner is an important person in the african american people back then.In battle creek,MICHAGAN
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Through the pain filled story on these pages we learn of birth in captivity, being sold, sold again, sold yet again, and sold once again; and each time into sexually and physically abusive families -- New York families. The loss of her children, the murder of her husband only steele Sojourner to speak out against slavery across the Nation, to seek restitution for her people, to unite Abolitionists against slavery. She is, at times, in the company of and providing guidance to Frederick Douglass and President U.S. Grant. A legendary witness to American history.
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StephF1 More than 1 year ago
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is a very informative collection of different stories and happenings in the life of Sojourner Truth. The book itself has a lot of new information on Truth that not everyone knows from just background knowledge. If you like biographies and learning something about slavery and women's rights then you will like this book. Honestly, I didn't like the read very much, but these topics are not my area of interest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read one of Sojourners speeches at a womens convention (Aint I a Woman, is what its called if u want to read it) and I love how she speaks so freely in a time when it was thought America was equal, but it was only equal for certain people, and she wasn't one of them. I'm glad I get to live in a society where there are equal rights for men and women of different races. =>
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