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1. Sojourner Truth's America (Working
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2. Sojourner Truth: God's Faithful
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3. Sojourner Truth
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4. Narrative of Sojourner Truth -
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5. Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Penguin
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6. A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth
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7. Sojourner Truth: Ain't I A Woman
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9. The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
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10. Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol
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11. Sojourner Truth: Equal Rights
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12. Sojourner Truth (On My Own Biography)
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13. When Harriet Met Sojourner
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14. Sojourner Truth (Compass Point
15. THE NARRATIVE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH
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16. Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
17. Narrative of Sojourner Truth
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19. Only Passing Through: The Story
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1. Sojourner Truth's America (Working Class in American History)
by Margaret Washington
Hardcover: 520 Pages (2009-03-11)
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This fascinating biography tells the story of nineteenth-century America through the life of one of its most magnetic and influential characters: Sojourner Truth. In an in-depth account of this amazing activist, Margaret Washington unravels Sojourner Truth's world within the broader panorama of African American slavery and the nation's most significant reform era.

Organized chronologically into three distinct eras of Truth's life, Sojourner Truth's America examines the complex dynamics of the times in which she acted, beginning with the transnational contours of her spirituality and early life as a slave. Washington then highlights Truth's awakening during nineteenth-century America's progressive surge, which propelled her ascendancy as a rousing preacher and political orator despite her inability to read and write. Throughout the book, Washington explores Truth's passionate commitment to family and community, including her vision for a beloved community that extended beyond race, gender, and socioeconomic condition and embraced a common humanity. For Sojourner Truth, the significant model for such communalism was a primitive, prophetic Christianity.

Illustrated with dozens of images of Truth and her contemporaries, Sojourner Truth's America provides important insights into the turbulent cultural and political climate of the age while also separating the many myths from the facts concerning this legendary American figure.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book
If I had to pick just one secondary-source for the life and times of Sojourner Truth, this book would be it. It's insightful, engrossing, thought provoking, well-cited and scholarly, yet fun to read; a wonderful resource. Ms. Washington also writes much from a spiritual perspective/context, something lacking in other sources. I highly recommend this book for any library.

5-0 out of 5 stars sojourner truth's america
Washington has written the most interesting work on a female version of Fredrick Douglass. Her approach to Sojourner Truth's America is dedicated, fervent and most informative.The breadth and length of research is top-notch.Though it is scholarly I find it very readable. I recommend to those who care about the unsung souls who struggled for racial, religious and feminist equality and understanding.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Story of Courage!
A biography everyone should read to understand the true nature of courage.Sojourner Truth, who led the fight to abolish slavery, represents all that is best good and true about the spirit of America. ... Read more


2. Sojourner Truth: God's Faithful Pilgrim
by Arthur Huff Fauset
Paperback: 206 Pages (2009-10-14)
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3. Sojourner Truth
by Kathleen V. Kudlinski
Paperback: 160 Pages (2003-01-01)
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What do you do when you don't have a home or a family to call your own anymore?

Eleven-year-old Abigail is not entirely sure how she'll find it, but after losing her mother to smallpox and her father to the sea, she knows that it is up to her to build a new life for herself and her little brother, Seth. But carving a future out of the harsh realities of life in Wiscasset, a nineteenth-century Maine seaport, proves difficult, and Abigail fears that there will always be more questions than answers. How long will they be able to stay and work for the young Widow Chase? Will Seth be able to let go of the past?

As the months roll by like waves on the sea, Abigail searches tirelessly for a solution and for an answer to the question she holds most dear: Will they ever find a place to call home again? ... Read more


4. Narrative of Sojourner Truth - Literary Touchstone Classic
by Sojourner Truth
Paperback: 144 Pages (2007-09-01)
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This Prestwick House Literary Touchstone Classic includes a glossary and reader's notes to help the modern reader better understand Sojourner's unique place in history.Born a slave in New York State around 1797 and given the name Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth soon believed that God wanted her to be a traveling preacher who always spoke the Truth. She was sold three times early in her life; her third owner promised her freedom, but then went back on his word. A short time after this incident, Sojourner simply walked away to freedom. She followed her calling and traveled the country, speaking to large, and sometimes hostile crowds. After years of giving speeches, she had become one of the most influential African-American women of the nineteenth century, but unable to write her memoirs herself, Sojourner dictated her Narrative to Olive Gilbert, a white abolitionist. They were published in 1850 and are an inspirational account of this extraordinary woman's journey through life. Sojourner Truth became a passionate leader and legendary figure in American history by challenging the social and legal barriers that oppressed both women and African-Americans at that time. Although she was illiterate, she used her innate intelligence, faith in God, and sheer determination to fight against slavery and to promote women's rights. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Narrative of Soujourner Truth
I was pleased to add a resonable priced and wonderful quality volume to update our classic section in our library. ... Read more


5. Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Penguin Classics)
by Sojourner Truth
Paperback: 288 Pages (1998-11-01)
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A symbol of the strength of African-American women, and a champion of the rights of all women, Sojourner Truth was an illiterate former slave in New York State who transformed herself into a vastly powerful orator. Dictating to a neighbor, she began her celebrated life story, in which she chronicles her youth, her 1827 emancipation, and her religious experiences, one year after the extremely successful publication in 1846 of Frederick Douglass's narrative.Truth's magnetism as an abolitionist speaker brought her fame in her own time, and her narrative gives today's readers a vivid picture of nineteenth-century life in the north, where blacks, enslaved or free, lived in relative isolation from one another.Based on the 1884 edition of the Narrative, this volume contains "Book of Life", a contemporary collection of letters and biographical sketches about Truth's public appearances, including the controversial "Arn't I a Woman" speech and Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1863 essay, "Sojourner Truth, The Libyan Sibyl" as well as "A Memorial Chapter" about her death. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Narrative of Sojourner Truth
This book is an excellent biography. It goes a little further into the creases and crefices of the life of this great woman. I used it for a presentation in one of my doctoral courses and found it on a level that fit my needs.

4-0 out of 5 stars Interesting...
I thought this book was written a little differently, but I also found it helpful. It was cool how Sojourner Truth's Book of Life was written inside of it along with a whole separate book. There was a lot of good information in it. I used this book for a school project and it worked out great. The book was useful and interesting to read because there are letters from people she knew that were written to her. I enjoyed reading this also recieved info from it. ... Read more


6. A Picture Book of Sojourner Truth (Picture Book Biography)
by David A. Adler
Paperback: 32 Pages (1996-09)
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She became an abolitionist and crusader for African-American rights. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Sojourner Truth
I loved book Sojourner truth. And I think Sojourner it is the best book I have read! I think Sojourner Truth was a fearless characterSojourner Truth was a slave because she was black.One day Sojourner Truth escaped.The man found her but he could not get her.And when she grew up the man sold her son.SO they went to court and won! She alsohadgreat courage. Be sure to read this great book!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great photographs and text reveal a different way of life.
I used this book with a first grade class during black history month.The text is understandable for young minds and the pictures are beautifully illustrated, easily keeping the attention of a young class.The only drawback is some of the language used to describe the whipping of slaves seemed harsh; caution should be used with sensitive children.Otherwise, this book is very helpful and perfect for use with the primary grades. ... Read more


7. Sojourner Truth: Ain't I A Woman (Scholastic Biography)
by Patricia C. Mckissack
Paperback: 192 Pages (1994-01-01)
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This 1993 Coretta Scott King Honor Book chronicles the life of African-American Sojourner Truth, a nineteenth-century preacher, abolitionist, and activist for the rights of African Americans and women. Reprint. PW. SLJ. H. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Good reading
The book was interesting and full fo history...weather you are white or black...good reading for all.

5-0 out of 5 stars A book...with a Twist!
A thrilling book that I was intrigued to read during my summer home for 2 weeks. The book takes a rather twist which im impressed how not many decided to put on their reviews.

It's a great more than a biography of a groovy... woman...but what's more is that it chronicles of not just one, but many courageous individuals battles against injustice... really!

There's an impressive ending which it has been posted before in this amazon review section.

Buy the book!!! Places to go, take a look in a reading rainbow!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good
I liked this book because it took you through her whole life in chronological order. However, it was not very useful for the information I was looking for. It talks about her as a slave and an abolitionist, but it doesn't say much about her as a feminist. I would've been five stars if the author had given more on her and feminism.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sojourner Truth, an Inspiring Lady.
This book starts out with the birth of Sojourner Truth and takes you all the way through her life.You learn about her as a slave, as a free woman, as a preacher, an abolitionist, and an activist for the rights of both blacks and woman.

I personally did not know much about Sojourner Truth, but I do now.

If you are looking for a great novel to entertain you or for something to keep you on the edge of your seat, then this book probably isn't what your looking for.If you want to learn about history and an inspiring lady than I would say pick up this book and read.There is nothing worng with knowledge and this book is a great way to learn.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sojourner Truth Ain'tI a Woman
Sojouner Truth Ain't I a Woman takes place in the 1700's-1800's, about 300 years ago. This genre is non-fiction. If you like true stories then read this!
This story is about black people being slaves. Sojouner works for a family that beats her. She works for them for about 13 years. Then she gets sold again and the family tells her she can leave at 27 years (a year before she is suppose to.) The family says, "No you can't leave we changed our mind," when she was about to leave. They finally make a deal and say, "Okay, you can leave."

She knows she has no place to live and people invite her to live with them, but she has to work for them to get money. Then she leaves and tells stories of her life and people like the stories!

When I read this book, I thought to myself, I feel sorry for black people back then. I really loved this book so much! My opinion is if you are prejudiced then you should read this book, and that might change your mind. ... Read more


8. A Will to be Free, Vol. II (An African American Heritage Book)
by Linda Brent, Sojourner Truth, Mary Prince
Hardcover: 252 Pages (2008-01-19)
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Collected here in this omnibus edition are three influential autobiographies of prominent women whose rose up from slavery to greatness. Essential reading for anyone interested in African American Heritage. Included are Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs, Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Sojourner Truth, and The History of Mary Prince, a West Indian Slave by Mary Prince.Slavery is a terrible thing, but it is far more terrible and harrowing for women than for men. Harriet Jacobs was owned by a brutal master who beat his slaves regularly and subjected them to indignations that were far worse. Jacobs eventually escaped her master and moved to a northern state. Though she was unable to take her children with her at the time they were later reunited. Read her powerful and compelling story.Sojourner Truth transformed herself from a runaway slave into a well-known campaigner for abolition and women's rights. Her dedication to her principles and her fiery speaking style electrified the abolition movement and brought her fame. This is an extraordinary story about the triumph of an extraordinary women Mary Prince was the first woman slave to write of her experience. Her recollections are vivid, powerful, and lyrical. Upon its publication the book had a galvanizing effect on the abolitionist movement in England. ... Read more


9. The Narrative of Sojourner Truth
by Olive Gilbert
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3-0 out of 5 stars Religion is Power
Sojourner Truth is well known for the journey she made across the country speaking to people about God. This narrative, Narrative of Sojourner Truth, traces the steps of this admirable woman`s "sojourn". Truth was born Isabella Baumfree some time between the year 1797 and 1800. She was born into a family with a deep spiritual background. This narrative does a good job of showing how slaves used religion as a form of healing. Through everything that these individuals went through, they still believed in God and that He had a plan for them. "...There is a God, who hears and sees you...He lives in the sky and when you are beaten, or cruelly treated, or fall into any trouble, you must ask help of him, and he will always hear and help you" (Truth 4).
At an early age, Truth was taught to pray without knowing exactly to whom she was praying to. This is common for most children. If your family practices a certain religion, chances are you will too. The background of the narrative really sets up the main point. Her past religious experiences give a deeper meaning to her journey. Truth used spirituality to overcome, not only her circumstances, but also to inspire others as seen through her praying, spiritual awakening and teaching.
Truth was born into slavery an experienced how it ripped families apart. At a young age she was sold and separated from her family. The new family that purchased her happened to speak only English. This was a problem because Truth was only fluent in Dutch. Her spirituality is put to test in this section. Truth was beaten constantly because she could not follow the orders of her master. The language barrier made this experience hell. "If they sent me for a frying-pan, not knowing what they meant, perhaps I carried them pot-hooks and trammels. Then, oh! how angry mistress would be with me" (Truth 10). Even through experiences such as this, Truth still had faith in God and this goes back to her childhood. "...She did not forget the instructions of her mother, to go to God in all her trials, and every affliction; and she obeyed...begging him to protect and shield her from her persecutors" (Truth 10). Truth continued to pray to God and eventually her prayers were answered when she was sold.
Emancipation was decreed by the States in 1928. Truth's new master, John J. Dumont, had promised her that she would be freed a year before the anticipated date. Ultimately he lied and she continued to work for him. Slaves were taught to be honest and truthful with their masters; this was apart of their contract. "The slaveholders are terrible for promising to give you this or that, or such a privilege...when the time of fulfillment comes, they, forsooth, recollect nothing of the kind and you are taunted with being a liar or the slave is accused of not having performed his part or condition of the contract" (Truth 18). After this point, the narrative takes and interesting turn; one that I was not expecting. Since Dumont reneged on the promise, Truth ran away. At this point, I think Truth does a good job of breaking away from what the reader is used to. She was an obedient slave for so long, accepting everything that was thrown at her and handling it well. This proves to be a breaking point for her. Truth's honesty and hard work was being taken for granted, so she took matters into her own hands.
The narrative reaches a pivotal point once Truth's escapes. I believe that her religious epiphany is a major moment. This moment is what brings the memoir together. Truth's relationship with God was strengthened through Jesus Christ and she finally had her own religious identity. "Jesus...appeared to her delighted mental vision...he loved her so much...he had always loved her, and she had never known it...he should stand between her and God! And God was no longer a terror and a dread to her" (Truth 37). The narrative become interesting to me at this point. I wanted to know what Truth was going to do with this vision. How it was going to guide her.
Truth's religious epiphany sets the narrative up for the next important section. She decides to travel around the country, lecturing "...testifying of the hope that was in her'-exhorting the people to embrace Jesus, and refrain from sin, the nature and origin of which she explained to them in accordance with her own most curious and original views" (Truth 57). This is my favorite part of the narrative. Truth shows how one can overcome any circumstance; and that can be practiced today.
Sojourner Truth grew up speaking Dutch, so I found the fact that she was able to reach/touch so many people with her words interesting. Even though she eventually learned English, she was still an illiterate, ex-slave and this is why I liked this narrative. It shows a transformation from a slave to a freewoman of knowledge. I would recommend Narrative of Sojourner Truth to anyone who wanted to learn more about slaves after emancipation. This narrative also offers an understanding of how the power of religion can get people through almost anything. The target audience of this narrative is definitely high school students and older. It teachers the reader a lot about Sojourner Truth while keeping them involved in the narrative by asking questions at the end of many of the chapters.


5-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Reading
The narrative of this story was interesting and brought a perspective about the Civil War and the abolition of which I was unaware. Written in the first person, the story is compelling.

5-0 out of 5 stars Historically Startling and Important
So often we find out how important a piece of text written hundreds of years ago can change the way the human species views the world as well as themselves.The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is such a novel.Not only does it show the harshness of human error, it also illuminates the strength and compassion that exists within all of us .I now realize how iggnorant I actually was before reading this novel.I had no idea that cruelty to slaves was so prominant in the northern part of the U.S during the early 1800s.The reader can feel the raw emotion radiating off this extraordinary women who faught so hard for racial and sexual equality.Sojouner(or Isabella) is so commited, she even fasted for three days just to improve herself spiritually.It is acts like this as well as the numerous occasions where she seeks to help others that will leave the reader in awe.I would suggest this book to any body interested in America's history and anybody who is looking for a little inspiration in their lives.This narrative is part of America's young yet vast history and should never be forgotten.

3-0 out of 5 stars Historical reminder
Provided a valuable insight into some of the thinking of slaves even while experiencing inhumane treatment and searching for their own identity. A woman of courage, foresight and well ahead of her time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
In a world that still suffers from the blight of slavery, mainly in Islamic nations and northern Africa, and Sudan, but also through the sex trade in nations like Thailand, this book is a great nonfiction account, especially for grade and middle schoolers, but also for all who think slavery is a thing of the past. ... Read more


10. Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol
by Nell Irvin Painter
Paperback: 384 Pages (1997-10-17)
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Sojourner Truth--ex-slave and fiery abolitionist of the mid-nineteenth century, a figure of imposing physique, riveting preacher, and spellbinding singer who dazzled listeners with her wit and originality. Straight-talking and unsentimental, Truth became an early national symbol for strong black women--indeed, for all strong women. Like Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, she is regarded as a radical of immense and enduring influence; yet, unlike them, what is remembered of her consists more of myth than of personality. Now in a masterful blend of scholarship and sympathetic understanding, eminent black historian Nell Irvin Painter goes beyond the myths, words, and photographs to uncover the life of a complex woman who was born into slavery and died a legend. Amazon.com Review
Though she was born into slavery and subjected to physical and sexualabuse by her owners, Sojourner Truth, who eventually fled the South for thepromise of the North, came to represent the power of individual strength andperseverance. She championed the disadvantaged--black in the South, women inthe North--yet spent much of her free life with middle-class whites, whosupported her, yet never failed to remind her that she was a second classcitizen. Slowly, but surely, Sojourner climbed from beneath the weight ofslavery, secured respect for herself, and utilized the distinction of her raceto become not only a symbol for black women, but for the feminist movement asa whole. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Superseded by Margaret Washington's 2009 bio
I used to love this book and found it very compelling when I read it several years ago. However, Margaret Washington's new (2009) biography of Truth vets the historical sources far more carefully. Washington's work has the effect of overturning much of what Painter presents as "truth" (pun intended) and offering a much fuller, more contextualized, and more convincing narrative of Truth's life.

5-0 out of 5 stars Reality and symbol
Painter makes unique recognition of the fact that Sojourner Truth was a self-created identity, and approaches her story through many layers:what do we know?We cannot know as much about Sojourner Truth as we can about other historic figures because Sojourner herself was illiterate.A unique figure -- an orator of historic power, but unable to write or in other ways preserve her own words.All that we can know is what other people wrote or quoted.Yet the written sources disagree:they quote her in black dialect that witnesses say she did not use!People hailed her as a uniquely talented African-born slave, when in fact she was born in New York speaking Dutch as her first language.She lived among African Americans only for short periods late in her life.Her own posed and widely-distributed photographs show only her black skin to differentiate her from any other middle-class matron.

So what is truth?Who is Truth?Is this person Isabella Van Wagenen, or is she really the myth she created.Painter recognizes these layers and sorts out Truth from myth and truth from reality, without concluding that one is more important than the other.Very well done.

5-0 out of 5 stars fierce
This book takes a bit of work; Ms. Painter's gift is more that of an analyst than a storyteller. Like most of the great Victorian novelists, she takes time introducing us to her method, setting up her characters, creating a scaffolding for the weight of her insights. She's as concerned with how mythology becomes accepted as historical truth as she is in her particular subject here. Painter rewards patience with one of the more stunning passages in historical writing (beginning page 139 with discussion of the breast-baring incident); a deft skewering of the sentimentalist Harriet Beecher Stowe; and proves herself as sure-handed a strangler of demons and challenger of assumptions as Sojourner Truth herself. Painter is an intellectually bracing and thoroughly honorable historian, asking the right questions and avoiding the temptation to fill in the blanks in her story with a romantic or political agenda.

2-0 out of 5 stars text book
it's a book for a class, how great can it be. Shipping was very quick though.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol
This book is an excellent review and account of this great woman's life. Although it is rather disjointed in areas--there is a basic sense of the many challenges that Ms. Truth encountered. I found that it gave me a basic sense of her sojourn and it helped fill in the gaps left with other books. It was the basic information for an academic presentation I needed to prepare for one of my doctoral courses. ... Read more


11. Sojourner Truth: Equal Rights Advocate (Famous People in American History)
by Kathleen Collins
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12. Sojourner Truth (On My Own Biography)
by Gwenyth Swain
Paperback: 48 Pages (2005-01)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Little Story of Sojourner Truth
This children's book of Sojourner Truth contains information and details that I did not know about the former slave before.It is interesting how her life was shaped by slavery in New York State and her willingness to speak out when women and blacks were discouraged from speaking.Sojourner's religious experiences are detailed here as religion was a major part of her life.A very nice book.

5-0 out of 5 stars SOJOURNERTRUTH,ABLESSINGTOGENERATIONS
Gwenyth Swain's thoughtful new book "Sojourner Truth" is for beginner readers. It seems appropriate that children learning to read be paired with stories of those who lived so courageously.

Isabelle was born probably in 1799 to slave parents who were owned by Dutch New Yorkers. She did not learn to read until she became free some 29-30 years later. "Bell" suffered the indignities of being sold over & over, but grew tall and formidable. She worked hard at tasks better suited to men, yet endured many beatings. Her yearning for freedom led her to run away:

"She wouldn't wait for Master to free her.
She wouldn't wait for the State of New York to free her.
Before Master awoke, Bell slipped away.
She found freedom."

And, oh, what she did with it! She gave herself the name SOJOURNER TRUTH because she believed that God had called her to preach against slavery & to bring equality to women. She traveled "up an' down the land" speaking out for Freedom & Truth. In 1850 she published her own story: "Narrative of Sojourner Truth"! She died in 1883.

Gwenyth Swain's prose has a fluidity that is poetic in telling about a woman who was frequently wronged but spoke in a strong voice of "an even stronger faith." An author who has also written about the 'president of the underground railroad' Levi Coffin, and Mary Church Terrell, an early civil rights activist, her website is a popular destination . . . especially early each month when a different *free book* is announced.

Reviewer mcHAIKU echoes Gwenyth Swain who wrote that "Sojourner Truth was an unstoppable inspiration to people . . . in her time & ever since."
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13. When Harriet Met Sojourner
by Catherine Clinton
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2007-10-01)
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Two women with similar backgrounds. Both slaves; both fiercely independent. Both great, in different ways.

Harriet Tubman: brave pioneer who led her fellow slaves to freedom, larger than life . . . yearning to be free.

Sojourner Truth: strong woman who spoke up for African American rights, tall as a tree . . . yearning to be free.

One day in 1864, the lives of these two women came together. When Harriet Met Sojourner is a portrait of these two remarkable women, from their inauspicious beginnings to their pivotal roles in the battle for America's future.

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14. Sojourner Truth (Compass Point Early Biographies series)
by Jaffe, Elizabeth Dana
Paperback: 32 Pages (2001-06-01)
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A biography of Sojourner Truth, an African American woman born a slave, who eventually escaped to freedom to speak out against slavery. ... Read more


15. THE NARRATIVE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH (UPDATED)
by Sojourner Truth
Kindle Edition: Pages (2010-07-20)
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16. Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride
by Andrea Pinkney
Hardcover: 32 Pages (2009-11-24)
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She was big.  She was black.  She was so beautiful. 

 
Born into slavery, Belle had to endure the cruelty of several masters before she escaped to freedom.  And oh, was freedom sweet!  But still, she knew that she wouldn't really be free unless she was helping to end slavery and injustice in America. That's when she changed her name to Sojourner and began traveling across the country, demanding equal rights for black people and for women.
 
A woman of towering height and a mesmerizing speaker, Sojourner began drawing mighty crowds wherever she went.  Many people weren't ready for her message--some even threatened her.  But Sojourner was brave and her truth was powerful, and people would remember what she said.  And slowly, but surely as Sojourner's step-stomp stride, America began to change.  
 
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is a nice peace of history well said and is a perfect introductory biography to a woman of strength and courage!
Her master named her Isabella, Belle for short, but a big, black, beautiful girl was going to have none of that nonsense and later renamed herself Sojourner.She was a slave and a much valued one because by the time she was nine she was "almost six feet tall" and her feet, far from dainty, were size twelve.She was a hard worker and that made her a valuable commodity, so valuable she was sold at the tender age of nine.John Dumont promised her freedom if she worked hard, but as hard as she worked the promise would never come to pass.

A promise is a promise and disheartened she ran like to wind and "refused to stop until she saw hope."Her hope ended up in the home of two Quakers, but Dumont wasn't far behind.He caught up with her, but the Van Wagener's offered to buy her.The cash was accepted and Sojourner thought she had a new master, but they freed her on the spot.Because she "didn't have to run anymore, she set out on her own."She soon began to stomp-stomp around the country imparting her message "about the unfair treatment of black people and women" everywhere.Just how far would this determined young woman go to pass on her truth?

The tone and rhythmical sway of the text gives creates a strong aura around Sojourner, who was indeed a strong-willed woman.This story gives the reader a real sense of whom she was and the strength of her personality and convictions.The artwork meshes well with this story. My favorite illustration shows a proud and determined Sojourner heading for a pulpit getting ready to "stomp-stomp-stomp" all over them."This is a nice peace of history well said and is a perfect introductory biography to a woman of strength and courage.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Long Walk to Freedom
Sojourner Truth was tall and strong, beautiful and true.She worked as a slave and ran to freedom, making her way north to New York and telling her story of slavery and newfound freedom.Not only did Sojourner Truth stand up for freedom, she also stood up for the rights of women.Sojourner spoke, "'Ain't I a woman?'"She was tall and strong, beautiful and true.This powerful book about the life of Sojourner Truth will spark the interest of young children, ages 6-9, in the struggle for human rights.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wow Wow Wow--What a Book!
Every school library as well as every public library should have this book in its collection.If the goal is to educate children of today about the abolitionist movement, as well as the seeds of the civil rights movement, this is the type of book that needs to be published.It is beautiful, it is lyrical, and it is factual.A winning combination for juvenile non-fiction!

5-0 out of 5 stars Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children
Sojourner Truth, named Isabella (Belle) Baumfree at birth, lived her childhood and early adult years as a slave in New York State. Not only did she have to endure the drudgery of slave labor, she also was separated from her parents at an early age and sold to several different owners who valued her size and strength. Fed up with her treatment and a broken promise of freedom in exchange for hard work, Belle escaped with her infant child, gained her freedom with the assistance of an abolitionist couple, and found paid work in New York City.Not long thereafter she changed her name to Sojourner Truth and devoted the rest of her life to traveling and speaking out against slavery and women's treatment as second-class citizens.

Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride is quite effective in its use of clear text and bold illustrations to introduce young children to this highly influential abolitionist and women's rights advocate. The book portrays memorable events, including Truth's escape from slavery and her famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech, in a tone that will catch the attention of younger learners and encourage them to learn more about Truth's crusade for social justice.
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17. Narrative of Sojourner Truth
by Olive Gilbert
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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. ... Read more


18. Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
by Sojourner Truth
Paperback: 320 Pages (2005-08-01)
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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:
All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works.
 
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.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Faith exemplified
I found this life story of Sojourner Truth to be very interesting and informative as well as an "easy read".Sojourner Truth was born a slave in New York.She became a public speaker after gaining her freedom.She could not read or write but after hearing scripture read, demonstrated a gifted ability to understand God's intent.She was obviously Spirit filled in the truest sense.She was an out-spoken proponent of justice, nonviolence and sobriety. Anyone with even a small amount of interest in faith and politics would enjoy this book.I'm hoping it finds it's way into the hands of a movie producer. ... Read more


19. Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth
by Anne Rockwell
Hardcover: 40 Pages (2000-12)
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A powerful picture book biography of one of the abolitionist movement's most compelling voices.

Sojourner Truth traveled the country in the latter half of the 19th century, speaking out against slavery. She told of a slave girl who was sold three times by age 13, who was beaten for not understanding her master's orders, who watched her parents die of cold and hunger when they could no longer work for their keep. Sojourner's simple yet powerful words helped people to understand the hideous truth about slavery. The story she told was her own.

Only Passing Through is the inspiring story of how a woman, born a slave with no status or dignity, transformed herself into one of the most powerful voices of the abolitionist movement. Anne Rockwell combines her lifelong love of history with her well-known skill as a storyteller to create this simple, affecting portrait of an American icon.

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Born in 1797, and sold three times by the time she was 13 (and beaten many more times), a tall young slave girl named Isabella grew in her determination to fight the evils of slavery and speak for human rights. At the age of 46, having been a free woman for 17 years, Isabella woke from a dream telling her she must travel the country, conveying to people what it meant to be a slave. On that day, Isabella renamed herself.

"It was as though the life she'd known up till then belonged to someone else. A new one was beginning. The old life had become a tale to tell, a story to bring freedom to others. Her old name belonged to her old life. From that day on, she was never called Isabella again. Her name was Sojourner Truth."
Anne Rockwell's picture-book biography of the legendary and powerful messenger of civil rights rings with authority and dignity, matched by Gregory Christie's full-page impressionistic paintings featuring Truth's symbolically outsized head and hands, and striking perspectives of both slaves and slave owners. Awash with rich color, Christie's images will linger long with readers, as will Rockwell's description of Sojourner Truth singing in the face of enraged, drunken antiabolitionists. The author includes a historical note and a 19th century timeline for further context. Rockwell is the noted author of more than 100 books for children, and Christie was the recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor for his illustrations in The Palm of My Heart. (Ages 8 to 12) --Emilie Coulter ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Story for All Times, All Races, All Ages
This is a wonderful book for all young men and women to read.The lessons it teaches, from being "the new kid", to "the foreign kid", to "the abandoned and abused kid" to being "the black kid" certainly ring as true today as they did in Sojourner Truth's Day.The author's passion for the subject, and the illustrators moving illustrations reach out and touch readers, and inspire them to look into their own lives to be certain they are helping to create a diverse society.In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King.This book would be a wonderful story for kids to act-out in class for Black History Month.The author certainly seems to know about race relations, and peace.I recommend this for all parents who want to raise children who see people with their hearts, and not their eyes. Who see no color, just the glorious traditions, rich heritage, tremendous courage, and incredible art that comes from being downtrodden for generations.

5-0 out of 5 stars She could not be silenced
Many a young reader will be shocked by the opening page of this story about slavery in the U.S. For the auction block from which a 9-year-old girl was sold in 1806 was in Kingston, N.Y., not Alabama or Mississippi.

Isabella was sold only after a long day in which no bidders showed any interest--until the auctioneer threw in a flock of sheep. She was separated from her aged, ill parents, who were left to fend for themselves, having been worn out by cruel masters. Hell followed for Isabella, for her new master spoke English while she spoke Dutch--like most people in the Hudson valley. For not understanding, he whipped her so hard that her back bore the scars all the rest of her life.

She was sold to a tavern-keeper and, when she was 13, to a neighboring farmer named John Dumont. At 16, she was six feet tall and could do the work of any man. She was forced to wed, against her will, and bore four daughters and a son. In 1817, New York enacted a law that would free all slaves on July 4, 1827. By then, Isabella was 28. But when Dumont reneged on his promise to free her, she ran to a nearby farm, believing that its abolitionist owners would save her. The Van Wageners bought and freed her.

Dumont, however, sold her son Peter to an Alabama plantation owner. To sell a slave out-of-state was then illegal in New York. Isabella took the unheard-of step of hiring a white lawyer to plead a court case for the return of her son. She won, he returned, she sent him to school, and he became a sailor on a whaling ship.

After Peter left, Isabella dreamed that she should travel the U.S. and tell people of her bondage. She took the name of Sojourner Truth. The final pages of this adventure tell some of the accomplishments of this American heroine. The illustrations greatly compliment the story, accentuating the iron will of a woman who would not be bought, or silenced.

The book concludes with a one-page author's note and a chronology of the events of Sojourner Truth's life. In the former, the author writes of those times when evil rules, and good people feel called upon to tell the truth to those who do not wish to hear.

Sojourner Truth was such a person, and she lived in such a time. Children find this story inspirational. Alyssa A. Lappen

4-0 out of 5 stars The story of a real fighter for freedom
"Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth" combines text by Anne Rockwell with illlustrations by R. Gregory Christie. Together they tell the story of Truth, who was an important figure in the movement to abolish slavery in the United States. The text discusses her own life in slavery, how she gained her freedom, and her participation in the abolitionist movement. The book includes a chronology of her life.

The illustrations are colorful and striking, but Christie's human figures are bizarrely distorted, with out-of-proportion heads, limbs, and hands. Ultimately I found that this style distracted me from the important story being told. Still, this book is a worthwhile look at an important figure in American history.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Voice of Freedom.....
Anne Rockwell's moving picture book biography of Sojourner Truth is a powerful and evocative story that will draw youngsters in and take them on a journey toward freedom with an amazing woman.Born into slavery, Isabella was taken away from her parents when she was only nine, sold three times, threatened, beaten and lost her own children to slavery before she was finally freed.Though she never learned to read or write, shechallenged the system of buying and selling people in court, traveled around the country, spoke out against slavery and became one of the most powerful voices in the abolitionist movement.She was a sojourner, one who is only passing through and her mission was to speak the truth about the evils of slavery..... Ms Rockwell's passionate and eloquently written biography is complemented by Gregory Christie's beautifully rich paintings and together they've authored a story about this remarkable woman that's full of courage and strength.With an author's note and timeline at the end to augment and enhance discussions, Only Passing Through is a wonderful book, perfect for youngsters 9-12 and a story few will soon forget.

4-0 out of 5 stars review on only passing through
I think this is a wonderful book.I have not read it but even the title pulls you in.The reason I am writing about this book is because I love slave stories.I have read other books by this author and I think she is awesome.This book is on my wish list and i hope to get it soon ... Read more


20. In Their Own Words:Sojourner Truth
by Peter Roop, Connie Roop
Paperback: 128 Pages (2003-02-01)
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I am pleading for the mothers, Who gaze in wild despair, Upon the hated auction-block, And see their children there.With these words Sojourner Truth sang about the pain that women slaves felt when their children were sold away from them. Sojourner Truth was born a slave in New York. Her son Peter was taken away from her and she went to extraordinary lengths to get him back. Through hard work and the help of her friends, Sojourner freed herself and her children from slavery. As a free woman, she traveled across the country speaking against slavery and in favor of women's rights.
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