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Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – July 7, 1997

ISBN-13: 978-0486298993 ISBN-10: 048629899X Edition: Unabridged

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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.
- Veronica Mitchell, New York City Board of Education
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 and up
  • Grade Level: 6 and up
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 74 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Unabridged edition (July 7, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048629899X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486298993
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is very informative and enlightening!
LadyGlorious
One of the greatest lessons I have take away from this book is that no matter how big or small your goal, it can be achieved.
MeganHunt5
In this book, Truth explained that she did not know that God could hear her prayers other than shouting to him.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By George Schaefer on October 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
Some people look on accounts of slavery as being only for black Americans to read. This is untrue. The horror and evil of slavery is something that every American should confront. This is not to hang or condemn anyone. Its just to say that a book like The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is something that everyone should read. I was at times stunned by Sojourner Truths startling courage in the face of the evil she faced. It was also enlightening to read about the slavery of the Northern states like New York and that so many people in that region still spoke Dutch even well into the 19th Century. I was infuriated reading about the treatment of the slaves but I also was inspired by Sojourner Truths dignity and strength. Much like the Nazi holocaust, slavery is a horror that must never be allowed to happen again. If everyone read books like this, we would be one step closer to making that a reality.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Nora Ann Thompson on August 19, 2006
Format: Paperback
I can never tire of learning the depts of suffering black woman had to endure. It gives me even more pride for my people and much hope for a better tomorrow.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Queen Supreme Knowledge on October 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was excited to read the narrative until I received it. The book I read was less than 80 pages for one, which is supposed to be the original workings just republished, and for two I felt it did not have the voice of Mrs. Sojourner Truth. I have read other workings from her like the great speech "Ar'n't I a Woman". This speech, although delivered in slave tongue and broken English, is one of the most revered poems of all times. I was saddened when I opened the book and began to read the words of a white woman detailing what Sojourner had "told" her. I thought I was going to be reading something straight from Sojourner herself, something authentic and I found myself trying to decipher between the author Olive Gilbert voice and Sojourner herself. I did enjoy learning more about her life and journey into becoming Sojourner because for a long time I thought she was given that name at birth. This is a good book for beginner readers or individuals that want to get an account of slavery but in small doses working their way up to the more detailed however I wouldn't recommend this if you are trying to get a full understanding of what her and other slaves went through. It just seemed too "white washed" meaning the woman wanted to take most of the truly horrific out in order to somewhat preserve the integrity of her race.I will read some of the other editions that have much more contect and see if those are a better representation of her true voice or not.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Alyssa A. Lappen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By reviewer on December 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
Anyday, anywhere, this book: "The Narrative of Sojourner Truth", is a masterpiece. The hardship she endured, as well as other horrors of slavery will always live in our memories. Afterall, it is said that: 'The evil that men do lives after them'. Sojourner's courage and perseverance is commendable. There is a lot to learn from her.
I strain to keep myself from laughing each time a serious issue like Slavery is raised, and I see men and women do nothing but run for cover. The North accuses the South of having been too tenacious on slavery, and the South accuses the North of hypocrisy, insisting that she (the North), started it in the first place: by disguising the first slaves whom she brought (in 1619) to New Amsterdam (the present day New York) as "indentured servants".
Surely, the guilty are afraid and ashamed; but that changes nothing. Reality will always remain reality. This 138-paged book is a fantastic history memo. It is the real truth; from Sojourner Truth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jazmine on November 8, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
My review to this bok would have to be GREAT! Sojourner Truth stood out in a good way. Ms. Truth stands up for her people and country especially those black folks like me that were in slavery
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LadyGlorious on December 20, 2012
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This book is an excellent book to read. It is very informative and enlightening! I highly recommend reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By haol on April 19, 2012
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This is a great book to read because you will learn much about the history of slaving period. The story of Isabella will lead you think deeply about the basis of race, gender and the society. You will be enlightened by her experience and her view of life. Also, you will learn the leadership that was applied by Isabella in her life, after analysis of it, you will learn about how to utilize your own potential power in your life.
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