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Sojourner Truth : a life, a symbol

Author: Nell Irvin Painter
Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Sojourner Truth: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist, figure of imposing physique, riveting preacher and spellbinding singer who dazzled listeners with her wit and originality. Straight talking and unsentimental, Truth became a 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Sojourner Truth; Sojourner Truth; Sojourner Truth; Sojourner Truth
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nell Irvin Painter
ISBN: 0393027392 9780393027396
OCLC Number: 33440089
Awards: Black Caucus of the American Library Association Literary Award, 1997.
Description: xii, 370 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Responsibility: Nell Irvin Painter.

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Sojourner Truth: ex-slave and fiery abolitionist, figure of imposing physique, riveting preacher and spellbinding singer who dazzled listeners with her wit and originality. Straight talking and unsentimental, Truth became a 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 historical fact. Now, in a masterful blend of scholarship and sympathetic understanding, eminent 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. Inspired by religion, Truth transformed herself from a domestic servant named Isabella into an itinerant Pentecostal preacher; her words of empowerment have inspired black women and poor people the world over to this day. As an abolitionist and a feminist, Truth defied the stereotype of "the slave" as male and "the woman" as white - expounding a fact that still bears repeating: among blacks there are women; among women, there are blacks.

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