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This is definitely worth the short time it takes to read, even with its limitations and controversies, as it is one of the few narratives of slavery in the North.Isabella Baumfree was born in Ulster County, New York ca 1797, her slave name including the last name of her Dutch owners This narrative tells of her life with this family and several successive owners, her escape from slavery in 1827, her successful lawsuit against the white owner who had illegally sold her son, her early engagement with several Christian denominations and sects, her decision to change her name to Sojourner Truth in 1843, and emergence as a wellknown abolitionist and women's rights activist and speaker.This original narrative was published in 1850 and, therefore, doesn't cover the remainingthan three decades of Sojourner's activism before her death in 1883 in her home in Battle Creek, Michigan The narrative is also problematic because of the intrusiveness of the editorial comments of Olive Gilbert, Sojourner's friend, to whom she dictated her story, being unable to read or write herself Read this Duke University Library blog posting for an interesting take on the authorship of the narrative: this and you may decide to tackle one of the manycomprehensive biographies of this remarkable woman. What an inspiring individual! She had courage, compassion and a compelling drive to get things done.A great storyall the greater because it is true.There is a special place in heaven reserved for people like Sojourner Truth. Beautifully written and a pleasure to read even though the truth it tells is difficult to admit This should be required reading in junior high or middle school as it is called in some parts of the U.S.A History is often fiction by the time it rests in the ears and mind of a student History is told by the winner, distorted by religion, fabricated by governments, lost in translation and misplaced in forgotten time capsules Slavery stripped human beings of their hope, their loved ones, their pride, and their desire to achieve Slavery forced the will of the strong over the weak and kept the slave weak by keeping them ignorant The good news is there were some who realized the evil that slavery was and fought to abolish the slave trade and emancipate the millions of dark skinned human beasts of burden The great injustice occurred when after emancipation there was little assistance and education available to guide the suddenly free through the society they were thrust into Many now were free to starve to death This book gives us a peek at a way of life we could never, thankfully, know.Michael I took this to be an actual memoir of Sojourner Truth I had thought she did a lot of interesting things in her life and fought back at the system Turns out she was even bigger than that Sojourner Truth alias Isabella van Wagenen personally knew God She met with Him in shady nooks and demanded things from Him And God always, always, always obeyed Isabella's orders So there you go! That's the gist of this book.If you wanted to knowabout Isabella's life, this book is not the book for you On the other hand, if you want a long, boring, annoying sermon about how you are a big sinner and how you must cast aside slavery if you want to be saved, then you have come to the correct place Oh, and in case this is exactly what you do want, don't miss the chapter on The Matthias Imposture It's a hilarious story about one fanatic murdering another fanatic You begin reading this book in all eager anticipation and suddenly God hits you again and again and again And then there are a couple of sentences and you think things are picking and then God hits you again and drones on for many pages And then you get this gem: There are some hard things that crossed Isabella's life while in slavery, that she has no desire to publish, for various reasons And apparently these 'some things' are basically 'everything other than religion'.There you go, then! Sojourner Truth was a conwoman, selling evangelism posing as a memoir Or maybe it was Olive Gilbert (who wrote the actual book and is patronising as hell) who was the conman Whatever, this book is not worth the paper it's printed on Her speech 'Ain't I a Woman' is legendary But there really is no mention of anything interesting in this book Skip it Scrap it Find a decent biography by a decent biographer An atheist one, if possible! Talk about superhero This woman is/was one She came into the world as Isabella, one of many children born to Bomefree and Maumau Bett Their owner was Dutch and so the language they spoke was low Dutch Her story is heartrending, inspiring and while there is a sense of forgiveness in part, there is a rooted relentless remembrance that she claims as her mission and what she is called to forever hold up and out to any who would forget or deny.I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance.It is humbling and with a heavy heart that I read through this, and other works that have the scraps of speeches given during her long life Her experiences are of every stripe of abuse Her captivity complete, and her freedom given, but limited when others of her family are not free She finds welcome among and joins the mission of the abolitionists and even wins the first suit of a black woman against a white owner in the recovery of her young son Peter, is only one traumatic story in Isabella's life.I cannot rightly give stars for a person's report of their life, but as the stars are meant as a means of measuring my level of recommendation to others to read this work, book, writing I give the most It was written almost 200 years ago Think about the troubles that still nip at our ankles, due to the incredible evils tolerated in the social norms of which Isabella and Olive Gilbert are reporting we have come far in some ways (economic, technology, industrial) Of others human rights, enacting and enforcing laws protecting all people such as the abovementioned, our pride in progress is misplaced and overblown If you haven't read this, do Settle in the most hopeful place you know: a quiet, peaceful place where you can comfort yourself, because if you are anything like me, you will be troubled at the end of your read Keep it at the forefront of your mind Make it productive We haven't changed enough We still need to change. The book didn't really appeal to me that much, because I was having authenticity issues with the book It was wrote by Sojourner herself, it was wrote by someone else, transcribing Sojourner's words directly So that for me caused a block to go up, just because Sojourner was black and lived during a time where blacks were considered merchandise She was a slave I kept thinking what if the writer added words to Sojourner's, because she thought Sojourner was indeed unable and ignorant to write her own letters Maybe the end product was what the writer wanted and not what Sojourner wanted Maybe the writer couldn't communicate the ideas and culture of Sojourner correctly, so she did her best This was in my head in reading the narrative, so it was very hard for me to get into the read I do think everyone should read the piece, because it does show you how very different slavery was in the North from the South, as well as, give insight to the conditions of freed slaves in the North. Sojourner Truth had to be one of the most charismatic people ever to walk the Earth.* Charisma is hard to convey in any mode that's not facetoface This book might be as close to capturing raw charisma as I have ever seen She stands out even in an era of incredibly charismatic people My edition had both The Narrative of Sojourner Truth, and the Book of Life The latter was Sojourner's scrapbook and autograph book she carried around as she traveled preaching and telling her story My reaction to her Narrative is that it is an absolute 5star read Holy guacamole, what this woman endured! Multiple things surprised me First, it's not told in Sojourner Truth's voice She remained unable to read or write her whole life, and relied on a friend to retell her story That woman was Olive Gilbert Gilbert injects quite a bit of her own commentary on both Truth and the abolitionist movement This makes it quite difficult to ascertain what were Truth's own words, and what were manipulated by Gilbert Second, Truth grew up in a Low Dutch farm in New York, and didn't learn to speak English until she was 10 She never had a formal education, and didn't even hear a preacher until she claimed her own emancipation in 1826.^ Despite all this, she wandered the eastern seaboard (and later beyond) preaching about God, Jesus and plight of enslaved peoples by relating her own story Third, her story doesn't dwell on the physical hardships and punishments she endured while a slave In fact, she only hints at most of them Yet the slave part of her story is horrific.On to the Book of Life I would give it 3stars for putting Truth's Narrative into context and continuing her story to the end of her life This is mostly newspaper clippings telling about how Sojourner Truth came to speak at this church, or that meeting, and how she had everyone in rapture with her stories and songs Those parts get extremely repetitious, but it's amazing to see how many places she traveled and how she was warmly welcomed Perhaps evenamazing is the number (not all) that describe her in nonracial tones They almost all mention her race, but only a few tack on for her race when they mention that she is forceful, commanding, impressive, etc. Considering the times, she transcended many racial lines Truth's Book of Life also contains letters and signatures from famous people including Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S Grant, Frederick Douglass and Susan B Anthony.Perhaps most fascinating between the two her Narrative and The Book of Life is the discrepancies in her personal story The story of her life partially evolved as she traveled around retelling the narrative Most likely, though, is that it was variations in the retelling The big standout is Harriet Beecher Stowe's 1863 article in the Atlantic Monthly, titled: Libyan Sibyl This article not only propelled Truth into nationwide fame, but gave her a nickname that she she grew tired of Stowe takes many liberties in the article, including quoting Truth in a Southern US slave dialect that Truth never had (She had a slightly Dutch accent, and often described as a peculiar way of speech.) What's worse, Stowe claimed Truth was dead, when in fact she went on to live another 20 years Perhaps all those changes developed the persona of Sojourner Truth and aided in her popularity? According to the editor of my edition, Truth herself might have been guilty of perpetuating untruths, in order to present a persuasive argument and be the largerthanlife character of Sojourner Truth.One of the funniest, most witty anecdotes about Truth goes something like this: Truth was speaking in front of a large meeting that contained friends and foes alike There were grumblings in the audience that she wasn't who she claimed to be that in fact, she was a man Truth was six feet tall, very muscular, wore her short hair under a Quaker cap, and was by all accounts an imposing presence with a booming voice When she heard the accusations, she said (paraphrasing the paraphrasing): You think I'm a man? Let me tell you something I suckled many white babes at my breasts, often to the neglect of my own children And those white children turned into finer men than you could ever be! She then proceeded to whip our her bare breast and said: Suck this!Sojourner Truth was awesome.*(If there are humans hanging out somewhere else in the Universe, they are just boring sacks of carbon Thanks a lot for not contacting us Losers.)^(Seriously, her emancipation is a story you need to read for yourself It shows the kind of woman she was at heart.) One of the most famous and admired AfricanAmerican women in US history, Sojourner Truth sang, preached, and debated at camp meetings across the country, led by her devotion to the antislavery movement and her ardent pursuit of women's rights Born into slavery in , Truth fled from bondage someyears later to become a powerful figure in the progressive movements reshaping American societyThis remarkable narrative, first published in , offers a rare glimpse into the littledocumented world of Northern slavery Truth recounts her life as a slave in rural New York, her separation from her family, her religious conversion, and her life as a traveling preacher during the s She also describes her work as a social reformer, counselor of former slaves, and sponsor of a black migration to the WestA spellbinding orator and implacable prophet, Truth mesmerized audiences with her tales of life in bondage and with her moving renditions of Methodist hymns and her own songs Frederick Douglass described her message as a strange compound of wit and wisdom, of wild enthusiasm, and flintlike common sense This inspiring account of a black woman's struggles for racial and sexual equality is essential reading for students of American history, as well as for those interested in the continuing quest for equality of opportunity [Reading] ➷ Gender in Psychoanalytic Space By Muriel Dimen – Lavons.co.uk Sojourner Truth sang ❰PDF / Epub❯ ★ Insight and Interpretation Author Roy Schafer – Lavons.co.uk preached ❮Reading❯ ➷ Good People in an Evil Time Author Svetlana Broz – Lavons.co.uk and debated at camp meetings across the country [EPUB] ✰ On a Day Like This ✶ Peter Stamm – Lavons.co.uk led by her devotion to the antislavery movement and her ardent pursuit of women's rights Born into slavery in ➾ [Download] ➾ Heart to Start By Derek Handley ➳ – Lavons.co.uk Truth fled from bondage someyears later to become a powerful figure in the progressive movements reshaping American societyThis remarkable narrative [PDF / Epub] ☉ Light without Fire By Scott Korb – Lavons.co.uk first published in [BOOKS] ⚦ Secrecy By Rupert Thomson – Lavons.co.uk offers a rare glimpse into the littledocumented world of Northern slavery Truth recounts her life as a slave in rural New York ❮PDF / Epub❯ ✈ The Silence and the Roar ⚣ Author Nihad Sirees – Lavons.co.uk her separation from her family ❮Read❯ ➮ Hard Country ➲ Author Robin Robilliard – Lavons.co.uk her religious conversion [Reading] ➾ The Whale Rider By Witi Ihimaera – Lavons.co.uk and her life as a traveling preacher during the s She also describes her work as a social reformer ✯ [PDF] ❤ The Impossible David Lynch By Todd McGowan ✼ – Lavons.co.uk counselor of former slaves [PDF / Epub] ★ The Colour Encyclopedia Of Incredible Aeroplanes By Philip J. Jarrett – Lavons.co.uk and sponsor of a black migration to the WestA spellbinding orator and implacable prophet [EPUB] ✼ Tooth Sleuth, Mystery of the Missing Tooth (Shirley Lock Mysteries By Mia Woolfe – Lavons.co.uk Truth mesmerized audiences with her tales of life in bondage and with her moving renditions of Methodist hymns and her own songs Frederick Douglass described her message as a strange compound of wit and wisdom ❰PDF / Epub❯ ☉ Juno Of Taris Author Fleur Beale – Lavons.co.uk of wild enthusiasm [Reading] ➿ The Faithful Scribe Author Shahan Mufti – Lavons.co.uk and flintlike common sense This inspiring account of a black woman's struggles for racial and sexual equality is essential reading for students of American history [Reading] ➿ Off the Tourist Trail Author DK Publishing – Lavons.co.uk as well as for those interested in the continuing quest for equality of opportunity Read in honor of the centennial of US Women's Suffrage In This was less satisfying than other slave narratives I have read Actually, I guess, all of them have really moved me except this one Mostly this is due to interference from the person who wrote it down No doubt when Sojourner Truth told this story herself it was something to experience The reporter so much as says this: But her saying this doesn’t let us experience it There are even several parts where the writer confesses to leaving out really dramatic events for fear of embarrassing living people Probably those were important and illustrative scenes The writer attributes their omission to Sojourner, but who knows This would have been much better if the reporter had just written it down as Sojourner told it.What comes across was that Sojourner Truth had an original, fiercely independent, and extraordinary mind; great faith and integrity; and an uncommonly direct and frank way of interacting with her world It’s incredibly fortunate we know something of her life, and that this narrative can encourage us to investigate it further in other sources (which I will now do); but you don’t really get a feeling for what Sojourner Truth was like in this narrative, you just get hints of what she was like.