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The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Olive Gilbert (?-?) & Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)
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The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is the gripping autobiographical account of Sojourner Truth's life as a slave in pre-Civil War New York State, and her eventual escape to Freedom. Since Sojourner could neither read or write, she dictated her story to Olive Gilbert after they met at a Women’s Rights rally. The Narrative was first published in 1850, and was widely distributed by the Abolitionist Movement. It was one of the catalysts for the rise of anti-slavery public opinion in the years leading up to the Civil War. Though Olive Gilbert's writing about Sojourner takes on a patronizing tone at times (a weakness of some Abolitionists), The Narrative of Sojourner Truth remains a moving and historic document, chronicling the struggles of African-Americans under slavery and the life of a truly remarkable woman. (Introduction by Marc Kockinos)

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This book is put on line as part of the BUILD A BOOK Initiative at the Celebration of Women Writers through the combined work of Laura LeVine, Margaret Sylvia, and Mary Mark Ockerbloom. www.cs.cmu.edu/~mmbt/women/truth/1850/1850.html

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1850) Dictated by Sojourner Truth (ca.1797 1883); Edited by Olive Gilbert

NARRATIVE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH

Written by Olive Gilbert, based on information provided by Sojourner Truth.

1850

CONTENTS

HER BIRTH AND PARENTAGE ACCOMMODATIONS HER BROTHERS AND SISTERS HER RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION THE AUCTION DEATH OF MAU MAU BETT LAST DAYS OF BOMEFREE DEATH OF BOMEFREE COMMENCEMENT OF ISABELLA'S TRIALS IN LIFE TRIALS CONTINUED HER STANDING WITH HER NEW MASTER AND MISTRESS ISABELLA'S MARRIAGE ISABELLA AS A MOTHER SLAVEHOLDER'S PROMISES HER ESCAPE ILLEGAL SALE OF HER SON IT IS OFTEN DARKEST JUST BEFORE DAWN DEATH OF MRS. ELIZA FOWLER ISABELLA'S RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE NEW TRIALS FINDING A BROTHER AND SISTER GLEANINGS THE MATTHIAS DELUSION FASTING THE CAUSE OF HER LEAVING THE CITY THE CONSEQUENCES OF REFUSING A TRAVELLER A NIGHT'S LODGING SOME OF HER VIEWS AND REASONINGS THE SECOND ADVENT DOCTRINES ANOTHER CAMP MEETING LAST INTERVIEW WITH HER MASTER

CERTIFICATES OF CHARACTER

NARRATIVE OF SOJOURNER TRUTH

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