Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

by Sojourner Truth, Imani Perry
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Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Sojourner Truth

Narrative of Sojourner Truth, by Sojourner Truth, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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At a time when most black women were slaves or servants and even white women were expected to sit quietly in the corner, Sojourner Truth transformed herself from a runaway slave to a well-known campaigner for abolition and women’s rights. Born a slave in New York State around 1797 and given the name Isabella by her owner, she had already fled to freedom when New York’s 1827 anti-slavery law officially emancipated her. Deeply religious, she adopted the name Sojourner Truth and became a traveling lay preacher and lecturer. Though she was illiterate, her extraordinary speaking skills electrified audiences and brought her widespread fame.

Sojourner Truth dictated her Narrative to fellow feminist and abolitionist, Olive Gilbert. First published in 1850, it reveals the striking differences between slavery in the North and in the South. For example, while hideous conditions could be found in either region, Northern slaves were much more isolated from other African-Americans, and therefore more psychologically dependent upon their masters.

An essential document of American history, Narrative of Sojourner Truth swirls with the fiery insights of this complex, accomplished, and magnetic woman, a preacher and a suffragist, and one of our most consummately human figures.
 

Imani Perry is an assistant professor of law at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey. She holds a Ph.D. from the Harvard Program in the History of American Civilization and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. Perry is the author of numerous scholarly articles on the intersection of law and literature in African American cultural history, and the role of aesthetics in African American political discourse. Her book Prophets of the Hood: Politics and Poetics in Hip Hop was published by Duke University Press in 2004.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411432758
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Barnes & Noble Classics Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 425,816
File size: 2 MB

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Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 50 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
I think Soujourner Truth was honoring God with what she had to go through! I read a book on her and its one of my favorites!
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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