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Narrative of Sojourner Truth (Penguin Classics) Paperback – November 1, 1998
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About the Author
Nell Irvin Painter is the author of Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol and Standing at Armageddon, the United States, 1877-1919, The Narrative of Hosea Hudson and Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas After Reconstruction. She is Edwards Professor of History at Princeton University, where she currently heads the program in African-American Studies.
Top Customer Reviews
The Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Nell Irvin Painter is a great book for all women to read. It is a historical slave narrative but it is unique because it is not based slavery that takes place down south like most slave narratives. This narrative takes place in New York and is about a strong African American women name Isabella who escapes from slavery, changes her name to Sojourner Truth, becomes a preacher, feminist, and famous public speaker.
Reading this book you really get a feel of what I life was like to be an African American women in New York as a slave. But, you also get a feel of how strong women had to be during the time period in which Sojourner Truth lived. She worked everyday in the field and was described as manly-shaped women because of the muscular shape. She had no proper education meaning she could not read or write. She was sold into slavery at the age of 9 years old and liberated in 1817. She married a former slave and rejoiced at the birth of five children.
Despite all of her negative mishaps she found many ways to overcome her difficulties by praying and using the resources she had to survive. I would recommend reading this book if you enjoy reading about legendary African American women who paved the way for many women today.
This book is still a relevant read for people of all skin colors, all ages, and both genders. The racial and gender issues made apparent by the book, as well as the intense and prominent role Sojourner Truth played as a leader of social advancement, are comparable to leadership situations in today's society. It is also conducive to recognize her actions, motives, and consequences when she was attempting great feats of social change. Much can be learned from this book other than the apparent history lesson.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This volume contains both the Narrative and the Book of Life. It has a good introduction, and is complete, if one wants to read the life of Sojourner Truth.Published on December 31, 2013 by C. Medine
I read this book for book club. Several people read a different, more recent book on the same subject, which seemed to be much more informative than this one.Published on July 1, 2013 by Peggy
This was a gift for a friend who had been looking for the book.
Glad to have found it for her.