Sojourner Truth

Sojourner Truth, c.1797–1883, American abolitionist, a freed slave, originally called Isabella, b. Ulster co., N.Y. Convinced that she heard heavenly voices, she left (1843) domestic employment in New York City, adopted the name Sojourner Truth, and traveled throughout the North preaching emancipation and women's rights. A remarkable personality, she spoke with much effectiveness even though she remained illiterate.

See O. Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1878, repr. 1968); biographies by A. H. Fauset (1938, repr. 1971), H. E. Pauli (1962), E. B. Claflin (1987), and N. Painter (1996).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Sojourner Truth as Orator: Wit, Story, and Song
Suzanne Pullon Fitch; Roseann M. Mandziuk.
Greenwood Press, 1997
Glorying in Tribulation: The Lifework of Sojourner Truth
Erlene Stetson; Linda David.
Michigan State University Press, 1994
Lift Every Voice: African American Oratory, 1787-1900
Philip S. Foner; Robert James Branham.
University of Alabama Press, 1998
Librarian’s tip: Includes Sojourner Truth's oration in multiple chapters
Commemorating Sojourner Truth: Negotiating the Politics of Race and Gender in the Spaces of Public Memory
Mandziuk, Roseann M.
Western Journal of Communication, Vol. 67, No. 3, Summer 2003
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Demanding a Voice among the Pettifoggers: Sojourner Truth as Legal Actor
Accomando, Christina.
MELUS, Vol. 28, No. 1, Spring 2003
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Sojourner Truth: Itinerant Truth-Teller
Wortham, Anne.
The World and I, Vol. 15, No. 3, March 2000
Black Women in Nineteenth-Century American Life: Their Words, Their Thoughts, Their Feelings
Bert James Loewenberg; Ruth Bogin.
Pennsylvania State University Press, 1976
Librarian’s tip: "Sojourner Truth" begins on p. 234
Homespun Heroines and Other Women of Distinction
Hallie Q. Brown.
Oxford University Press, 1992
Librarian’s tip: "Isabella-Sojourner Truth" begins on p. 13
With Pen and Voice: A Critical Anthology of Nineteenth-Century African-American Women
Shirley Logan Wilson.
Southern Illinois University Press, 1995
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 2 " Sojourner Truth (c. 1797-1883)"
African-American Orators: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook
Richard W. Leeman.
Greenwood Press, 1996
Librarian’s tip: "Sojourner Truth" begins on p. 332
African American Authors, 1745-1945: A Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook
Emmanuel S. Nelson.
Greenwood Press, 2000
Librarian’s tip: "Sojourner Truth" begins on p. 418
The Risks of Repeating Ourselves: Reading Feminist/womanist Figures of Jesus
Alliaume, Karen Trimble.
Cross Currents, Vol. 48, No. 2, Summer 1998
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Man Cannot Speak for Her
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell.
Praeger Publishers, vol.1, 1989
Librarian’s tip: "Sojourner Truth" begins on p. 19
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