Though she was born into slavery and subjected to physical and sexual abuse by her owners, Sojourner Truth, who eventually fled the South for the promise of the North, came to represent the power of individual strength and perseverance. She championed the disadvantaged--black in the South, women in the North--yet spent much of her free life with middle-class whites, who supported her, yet never failed to remind her that she was a second class citizen. Slowly, but surely, Sojourner climbed from beneath the weight of slavery, secured respect for herself, and utilized the distinction of her race to become not only a symbol for black women, but for the feminist movement as a whole. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Because other biographies of Sojourner Truth, unusual even among ex-slave women as itinerant preacher and political activist, have been published in recent years, Painter's compelling life loses some of its edge. Yet it has additional strengths as 19th-century social history. Isabella Van Wagenen, a Pentecostalist domestic born into slavery about 1797 but who reinvented herself at 59 as an abolitionist orator, then into a fiery suffragist, is seen here through the prism of the religious, social and political movements that animated her. A striking presence on the platform, the subject of an as-told-to autobiography that went through many editions and helped sustain her financially, she seemed a born survivor, shedding slavery, abuse, poverty and prejudice during her 80-odd years (admirers claimed 110?she died in 1883). Shrewd, and with a commonsense wit, possessed of such a thundering voice that skeptics wondered if she were a man, she was never, Painter asserts, a quaintly exotic innocent. Relying on biblical allusions that her "Bible-literate" audiences could amplify, she was spellbinding. Still, Painter reminds us, "Everything we know of Sojourner Truth comes through other people, mostly educated white women," for, despite decades of involvement with liberal, even radical, intellectuals, she remained illiterate. Cutting through the image-making of her contemporaries as well as later interpreters who envision Sojourner Truth as the symbol of the strong woman, "black or not," Painter persuasively offers us the real woman behind the myth. Photos. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I learned so much from this biography the book was in excellent conditionPublished 3 months ago by Quiana
Very informative. I was shocked to find that Ms Truth was molested by a female master.Published 6 months ago by J. Warden
Nell Painter's unconventional biography of Sojourner Truth made me see how little I knew about the slave Isabella, born in upstate New York, who became a charismatic speaker for... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Constant Reader
All I can say is... WOW. This woman was amazing, and her story is told well by Painter. I absolutely recommend!Published 16 months ago by The Sassy Countess
The condition I received the book in was not the best, it looked like it was packed in the box with the back few pages and cover best back so that was disappointing. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Lauren Liske
I did not like this book it was very dry. It was a required reading for my history class. Boring.Published 18 months ago by Samantha Garza
This is not my favorite biography of Sojourner Truth. Painter has some issues with Truth's being uneducated and kind of a rural figure that white nineteenth century thinkers could... Read morePublished 20 months ago by C. Medine