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Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol Paperback – October 17, 1997
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I think Painter is somewhat successful at presenting a historically accurate biography. I say somewhat because, on the one hand, she presents compelling evidence assembled from primary sources that document Truth's life-newspaper accounts, monographs, etc. And she obviously has a thorough command of the secondary sources related to Sojourner Truth. What is more, I think that her methodology-what she calls "more or less uncommon research methods"-allows her to reconstruct a version of Truth's life as best as possible. Assembling the pieces of an immense jigsaw puzzle such as this requires great patience and historical skill, both of which Painter exhibits in this work.
On the other hand, her command of the supporting sources, the sources that provide context for her analysis of the primary sources, is a little less complete. For example, as Painter acknowledges, religion-popular religion-is central to understanding American culture. And I think that in this case, one must have a thorough understanding of religion and the Bible to effectively document Truth's life.Read more ›
The book is written in a clear and cohesive style, notwithstanding its rigorous documentation. Anyone who is interested in African American history, women's history, and U.S. history will want to have a copy of Sojourner Truth, A Life, A Symbol in his or her library.
Sojourner Truth, the subject of this biography, experienced a good bit of this social ferment, and the story of her life gives readers a good opportunity to get a grip on this very strange and fascinating period. The author starts with the odd fact that the name and face of Sojourner Truth became very well-known, yet the real story of her life was obscured by her status as a symbol of the Abolitionist movement. The real woman led a surpringly adventurous life, and she did it in the context of a society that supposedly kept slaves, women and rural poor people firmly in their pre-ordained place. The story of how a courageous girl named Katherine, born in slavery and poverty on a Dutch farm in rural New York state, became the free woman and independent thinker called Sojourner Truth, is worth reading for its own sake. But the book also sheds light on the wild side of American religious and intellectual life during her lifetime. While reading this book, I felt like I was really getting two books in one-I highly recommend this book!!
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I learned so much from this biography the book was in excellent conditionPublished 11 months ago by Quiana
Very informative. I was shocked to find that Ms Truth was molested by a female master.Published 15 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 18 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 on May 6, 2014 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 on March 8, 2014 by Lauren Liske
I did not like this book it was very dry. It was a required reading for my history class. Boring.Published on February 23, 2014 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 on December 31, 2013 by C. Medine