Her name, Sojourner, means Traveler, and now that we know that fact, we love her story even more. She became a traveler indeed, right after she walked, literally walked, out of slavery, and then she traveled to spread the word about the mistreatment and the injustices she survived and that were...
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Her name, Sojourner, means Traveler, and now that we know that fact, we love her story even more. She became a traveler indeed, right after she walked, literally walked, out of slavery, and then she traveled to spread the word about the mistreatment and the injustices she survived and that were still suffered by thousands of slaves. She was the first free black woman abolitionist to, not only advocate for freedom for the black slaves, but also championed the women's rights movement at a time when women didn't even have the right to vote.
Ain't I a woman? is the title of her most famous speech. And oh yes, she was. She was some woman!
Owned by Several Masters will immerse you right into her life experiences during the period she was a slave and after. You will get a new appreciation of what a woman with smarts and perseverance can achieve even when impossible obstacles tried to shackle her down. Owned by Several Masters is a great inspirational story no one should miss.
- Author: Sojourner Truth
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 136
- Size: 5 x 8
- Publisher: Padmore Publishing
- Ages: 16 and up
Frederick Douglass described her message as a "strange compound of wit and wisdom, of wild enthusiasm, and flint-like common sense."
Some people look on accounts of slavery as being only for black Americans to read. This is untrue. The horror and evil of slavery is something that every American should confront. This is not to hang or condemn anyone. Its just to say that a book like The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is something that everyone should read. I was at times stunned by Sojourner Truths startling courage in the face of the evil she faced. It was also enlightening to read about the slavery of the Northern states like New York and that so many people in that region still spoke Dutch even well into the 19th Century. I was infuriated reading about the treatment of the slaves but I also was inspired by Sojourner Truths dignity and strength. Much like the Nazi holocaust, slavery is a horror that must never be allowed to happen again. If everyone read books like this, we would be one step closer to making that a reality. --By George Schaefer
Truth’s written narrative is one of many narratives presented to the public by abolitionists as proof against proslavery advocates’ claims that African Americans were content with slavery and incapable of caring for themselves. Her speeches were also an effective weapon against slavery and were especially successful in drawing crowds to antislavery meetings and opening eyes to the injustice and irrationality of slavery. Like other freed slaves, Truth was a primary witness who could testify to the real suffering of slaves as well as demonstrate to proslavery crowds that, contrary to popular belief, African Americans were thinking, feeling human beings. Sojourner Truth is considered, along with Harriet Tubman, to be one of the two most influential African American women of the nineteenth century. W. E. B. Du Bois conveyed the importance of her contribution best when he described Truth as “one of the seven who made American slavery impossible.” -by Frank McGill, Christina J. Moose, and Mark Rehn
Get some goosebumps reading Ain't I a Woman? A speech you will never forget.