Narrative of Sojourner Truth One of the most famous and admired African American women in U S history Sojourner Truth sang preached and debated at camp meetings across the country led by her devotion to the antislavery moveme

  • Title: Narrative of Sojourner Truth
  • Author: Sojourner Truth Olive Gilbert
  • ISBN: 9780486298993
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of the most famous and admired African American women in U.S 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 1797, Truth fled from bondage some 30 years later to become a powerful figure in the progressive movements rOne of the most famous and admired African American women in U.S 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 1797, Truth fled from bondage some 30 years later to become a powerful figure in the progressive movements reshaping American society.This remarkable narrative, first published in 1850, offers a rare glimpse into the little documented 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 1840s She also describes her work as a social reformer, counselor of former slaves, and sponsor of a black migration to the West.A 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 flint like 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.

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    1. 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 pr [...]

    2. Sometimes reading a book isn’t about pleasure, but rather a way to show respect for someone life, struggle or ideas. Sojourner Truth deserves to have her story read. She was a bold woman who lived with fearless integrity. Sojourner Truth's life is very interesting, but that is about the only thing that I enjoyed about this book. I didn’t like Gilbert’s constant interjections. I have a children’s bible written in this style (which by the way I love). Gilbert presents a situation and then [...]

    3. What an inspiring individual! She had courage, compassion and a compelling drive to get things done.A great storyl the greater because it is true.There is a special place in heaven reserved for people like Sojourner Truth.

    4. 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 know more about Isabella's life, this book is not the book for yo [...]

    5. 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 he [...]

    6. 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 face-to-face. 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 [...]

    7. Powerful, heart-breaking, uplifting. Historically fascinating because many newspaper accounts, meeting notices and personal greetings are excerpted from her "Book of Life", a kind of scrapbook/autograph book she carried with her on her travels. Abraham Lincoln, Emily Dickinson, Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglass, Ulysses S. Grant all signed it during her lifetime. My only regret about her narrative is that the persons to whom she dictated her life story chose, for the most part, to edit her wo [...]

    8. If you want to read something that is going to make your troubles seem pretty damn small and petty, this is a good choice. Sojourner Truth's life was hard, and this narrative provides many insights into the horrors of slavery. I am definitely interested in reading more about her life and her work.

    9. "There was no place where God was not." I don't even know where to begin to express how I feel about this woman and what she stood for and the conscious decision she made to accomplish so much with her life. She stands as one of my pinnacle heroes. The entire narrative is one huge quotation so I won't try and lay out all of the places I have marked in my copy of this narrative. But I do want to share one passage that lights me up every time I read it."Previous to these exercises of mind, she hea [...]

    10. This book was very good. It had a lot of details about her life. Over all, I thought this book was good!

    11. I'd like to read the real story written by Sojourner Truth please. Without any teasing about things that were left out to protect people's identities. I could also do without the religious sermonising. Apart from that it's a fine example of slave narratives that were white washed for people's palates.

    12. Buyer beware! Sojourner Truth did not actually write this book. A woman named Olive Gilbert wrote it after having some conversations with Truth. The question you have to ask yourself is: How interested are you in Olive Gilbert? Here's a sample of her prose:"We will now turn from the outward and temporal to the inward and spiritual life of our subject." (p. 39)Everything wrong with the book is in that sentence. Gilbert is not interested in telling Truth's story in Truth's words. She's interested [...]

    13. It's not that Sojourner Truth's story isn't worth being told, it's the manner in which it was presented. The person who penned her narrative, Olive Gilbert, in my opinion, did a poor job conveying Truth's account and inserted too much of their self into it. As such, it was a job to read this, and not a thing of leisure. Truth should have shone through more, in a way that Frederick Douglas did in his first and second narratives (which so happen to have been authored by his own hand).

    14. Sojourner Truth had amazing courage and faith -- What an inspiration. Her story deserves to be read.Some of the religious aspects of her journey were weird (like cultish weird) but everything she learned about God she learned on her own, and faith was such an important part of her journey. "I feel safe in the midst of my enemies, for the truth is all powerful and will prevail.”

    15. Sojourner Truth was born Isabella, a slave, in New York just before 1800. She was emancipated when New York abolished slavery in 1827, and a few years later, she took a new name for herself and began a new career as an itinerant preacher. She quickly became famous for her stirring speeches and her championing of the rights of black people and women, and today she's one of the most famous African-American women of the Civil War period (along with Harriet Tubman).The 1884 edition of her Narrative [...]

    16. This is not the narrative of Sojourner Truth. Even though it's presented as an autobiography, it is a white person’s interpretation of certain events in Truth’s life, with heavy emphasis on the religious ones (if you wanted to read some shallow ruminations about the relationship between Jehovah and Jesus, help yourself). The focus on the white people involved and the insistence on leaving out the more gruesome details because it would damage certain people’s reputation get really frustrati [...]

    17. This is an important piece of historical literature by Sojourner Truth to primarily point out the evils of slavery. It is helpful to read a biography of her first and be familiar with her life. This little volume was penned for her by someone else, as she could not read nor write. This narrative was published for her to sell as a way to help support herself as she traveled about speaking against slavery. This only covers the beginning of her life, and she had many more adventures that followed t [...]

    18. I felt kind of bad giving this book a low score but to be honest I struggled through it and considered not finishing it. Taking nothing away from her life at all because it was a remarkable life, and this book is an important historical document, but as a reading book, it felt incoherent at times and jumped around between first and third person and also between time periods so I wasn't always sure who exactly they were talking about. It was interesting to learn about slavery in the north as that [...]

    19. Normally, reading a book for school doesn't ruin it for me. This time. Well, I expected it to be slightly interesting, at least. The life sounded slightly interesting. She sounded fierce enough. But it wasn't. No engaging characters, no engaging plot. I didn't finish it. There's a test on it coming soon, and we shall see if I reread it. At this point I would rather fail the test than reread the book. Does that imply how awful it is?

    20. This book showed me how a woman can make a change despite the unfair age she lived in, remarkable strong woman who contributed to shaping of society in her own way!!

    21. Sojourner Truth's narrative seems to be overlooked compared to some of the more well-known slave narratives. Hers offers a different perspective than the typical narrative, which usually involves a villainous slave master, and an ambitious fugitive slave. Truth was a northerner, born in New York, and spent most of her life in the North, an area that Americans historically associate as a place of refuge for runaway slaves. This is a myth, and probably why Truth's narrative is overlooked. As a sla [...]

    22. On this day, 150 years ago, the same letters we get from our activist friends daily:"My dear friend: --I know you will be glad to put your mark to the inclosed petition, and get a good many to join it, and send or take it to some member of Congress to present. Do you know that there are three men, Schench, Jenkes, and Broomall, who have dared to propose to amend the United States Constitution by inserting in it the word 'male', thus shutting all women out of the constitution from voting for pres [...]

    23. This was really good and interesting. The language is dated and a bit too much God for my atheist tastes but standard in this type of narrative.I own a digital copy of this book and listened to the audiobook on hoopla. I did not care for the audiobook at all.

    24. A powerful and emotional reading experience, one that should be required reading in Middle School, as I agree with one reviewer's post. Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in the northern state of New York around 1800, and escaped into freedom a year before the state abolished slavery within its borders. Her given name was Isabella Baumfree, and she changed her name to Sojourner during her travels. An abolitionist, women's rights activists, itinerant preacher, she's an extremely important figu [...]

    25. Great narrative of the harrowing circumstances Sojourner Truth endured as a woman freed from slavery prior to the Civil War. The English is antiquated, of course, so that can make it hard to get through in parts. But the descriptions of the circumstances of slavery, from living conditions, to beatings, to the interplay between master and slave were very real and important to read about. Her optimism, spirit, strength, and determination shines throughout her narrative as she demands her freedom, [...]

    26. A very remarkable life story. I am so astounded by her faith given what she went through. She never learned to read or write, never had money to speak of, went almost everywhere on foot, stayed wherever she could get shelter or food, made fast friends, gained respect, persevered in her cause, never gave up and accomplished so much r others. Like Mother Theresa, this is one of the few examples, true examples, of a life in faith or truly walking with Jesus. One of the few books that talks about th [...]

    27. "The Narrative of Sojourner Truth" by Olive Gilbert is a short biography (up to about the age 50) of Sojourner Truth. Truth, a former slave, was an important abolitionist and women's rights activist in the 19th Century. Gilbert was a close friend of Truth and the proceeds from the sale of this book were used to support Truth. While Gilbert's narrative may not be of the highest quality, I think this book is important both as the earliest biography of Truth and also as an example of abolitionist l [...]

    28. If you want to learn about Sojourner Truth, pick another book. The initial narrative is smooth but lacks clear definition on a number of important fronts like historical actors and chronology. Much of the book is highly propagandistic, especially religiously, although such a fact is typical of works of the era. The second half makes very little sense. It is a seemingly random compilation of anecdotes, personal letters and notes among other odd items, none of which are arranged chronologically. T [...]

    29. Sojourner Truth is one of those people I’ve known about for decades, but the only thing of hers I’d actually read was the famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech (which, of course, was written and re-written over the years and may not be a very clear representation of the extemporaneous oration she gave). On the whole, I found this oral history quite interesting, and of course very sad and moving. For my own purposes, though, I wish it had spent more time on her days in slavery and immediatel [...]

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