Narrative of Sojourner Truth [NOOK Book]

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Hailed as an inspiring memoir during a time of slavery, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is not just about the emancipation of an African American woman, but also the strength of her faith. Truth provides the narrative of her life, from her early years as a slave to her liberation and life as a freed woman. A staunch activist, Truth also gives her readers insight on gender equality issues faced by women of her time and discusses the abolitionist movement.

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Overview

Hailed as an inspiring memoir during a time of slavery, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is not just about the emancipation of an African American woman, but also the strength of her faith. Truth provides the narrative of her life, from her early years as a slave to her liberation and life as a freed woman. A staunch activist, Truth also gives her readers insight on gender equality issues faced by women of her time and discusses the abolitionist movement.

Raised as a slave, Sojourner Truth was illiterate and was able to complete her memoir by dictating it to her friend and neighbour, Olive Gilbert. Originally published in 1850, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth became an important work to the abolitionist movement, and was republished five times during the author’s life alone.

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One of the most important documents of slavery ever written, this landmark in the literature of African-American women is the eloquent autobiography of a woman who became a pioneer in the struggles for racial and sexual equality. The spiritual, inspiring narrative bears witness to Sojourner Truth's 30 years as a slave in upstate New York.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Truth's narrative is a powerful rendering of bondage, denial, and loss transcended by genius, family, and a spiritual base. It juxtaposes spirituality with moral turpitude. Truth was a freethinker who lived within a family of wretched circumstances in New York's Ulster County; she was a wife whose runaway husband had been beated into submission; a mother who reclaimed her only son from a brutal Georgia slaver; a person of principles who was duped by slavers and false prophets; and, finally, at 46, an orator, abolitionist, and member of the Northampton utopian community. As a companion to Truth's narrative, Washington presents a cogent, well-crafted introduction full of historical information that sketches a framework for understanding slavery as it was practiced in the Northeast. This slender book belongs in all literature and history collections.-- Veronica Mitchell, New York City Board of Education
From the Publisher
"The time is long overdue for a compelling look at the legendary Sojourner Truth. Margaret Washington deserves our gratitude for reclaiming Truth and shedding light on the most enigmatic black woman of the 19th century."

-- Darlene Clark Hine, Professor of History, Michigan State University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781443432801
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada
  • Publication date: 2/11/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 106,762
  • File size: 239 KB

Meet the Author

Sojourner Truth, born into slavery in the late 1790s as Isabella Baumfree, was the first African-American woman to win a court case when she reclaimed her son from the man who sold him back into slavery after his emancipation. After changing her name, Truth travelled as a Methodist preacher and spoke out regularly on behalf of the abolitionist cause. In 1851, at the Ohio’s Women Rights Convention, Truth delivered her most well-known speech “Ain’t I a Woman?” During her lifetime, Truth spoke out about many causes, including women’s suffrage, prison reform, property rights for former slaves, and she encouraged African-Americans to enlist in the Union Army. Her activism led her to make connections with many of her contemporary abolitionists such as Harriet Beecher Stowe and Frances Gage. In 1850, Truth’s dictated her memoir, The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, to her friend Olive Gilbert and the title was soon met with acclaim by abolitionist readers and supporters. Truth died in 1883 and was buried alongside her family in Battle Creek, Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
Narrative of Sojourner Truth 1
Notes 105
Appendices
Sojourner Truth's "Ar'n't I a Woman" Speech 117
William Lloyd Garrison's Preface to the 1850 Edition 119
Note on Editions of Sojourner Truth's Narrative 125
Bibliography 129
Index 135
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2011

    She is such a good speaker

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2013

    The Truth about Slavery

    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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  • Posted April 25, 2012

    The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is a very informative collectio

    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.

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