The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

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THE NARRATIVE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH

Sojourner Truth

PENGUIN CLASSICS (ORIGINAL PUBLICATION DATE: 1884)

Before Rosa Parks, before abolition and before universal suffrage, there was Sojourner Truth. Unashamed, fearless and wise, she shaped American history and influenced human rights beyond the borders of the U.S. Travelling from state to state, this freed slave astounded crowds of white people by "a-testifyin' and showin' on 'em their sins agin my people." While sermonizing for 40 years, she received letters of admiration from the likes of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lucretia Mott, Abraham Lincoln (who nicknamed her Aunty), Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony.

Truth left an indescribable impression on American history as a pioneer of abolition and human rights. In Gerda Lerner's book, The Majority Finds its Past, Truth is noted as "the single exception" as a black abolitionist and feminist.

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is divided in two. The first chapter describes her years as a slave and, later, a travelling preacher. The Book of Life is an in-depth account of Truth's movements and outlines her most famous speeches and her impressions of the American landscape. …