Sojourner Truth : ain't I a woman? / by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack.

By: McKissack, Pat, 1944-Contributor(s): McKissack, FredrickMaterial type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Scholastic, c1992Description: 186 p. : ill. ; 22 cmISBN: 0590446908; 9780590446907; 0590446916; 9780590446914Subject(s): Truth, Sojourner, d. 1883 -- Juvenile literature | African American abolitionists -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Abolitionists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature | Social reformers -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literatureDDC classification: 305.5/67/092 | B LOC classification: E185.97.T8 | M38 1992
Hardenbergh's Belle -- Dumont's Belle -- Free Belle! -- Kingdom -- Gone forever -- New direction -- Ain't I a woman -- Keep 'Em scratchin -- Book of life -- Last cause.
Awards: Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 1993.Summary: A biography of the former slave who became well-known as an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

A biography of the former slave who became well-known as an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights.

Hardenbergh's Belle -- Dumont's Belle -- Free Belle! -- Kingdom -- Gone forever -- New direction -- Ain't I a woman -- Keep 'Em scratchin -- Book of life -- Last cause.

Coretta Scott King Honor, author, 1993.

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Gr 5-8-- With compassion and historical detail, the McKissacks offer a rich profile of Isabella Van Wagener. Her experiences as both slave and freed slave in New York shaped her midlife commitment to abolition and women's rights. At age 46, she received a call to ``walk in the light of His truth.'' Henceforward, her name was Sojourner Truth and, although she never learned to read or write, the six-foot tall woman became a striking, eloquent spokesperson whose wit, common sense, and candor popularized her with audiences throughout New England and the Midwest. This biography draws personal information from many of the same sources cited in other recent biographies by Lindstrom (Messner, 1980; o.p.), Taylor-Boyd (Gareth Stevens, 1990), and Macht (Chelsea, 1992). But the McKissacks emphasize the condition of African-Americans from 1797-1883, their subject's convictions and magnetism, her contributions to the welfare of her people, and her involvement with other influential abolitionists and activists during the last 40 years of her life. Brief profiles of these acquaintances, from Susan B. Anthony to Harriet Tubman, are appended. Middle grade readers and researchers will enjoy the readability, quotes, and documentary photos, all of which breathe life into the personality and times of Sojourner Truth. --Gerry Larson, Chewning Junior High School, Durham, NC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Patricia C. McKissack was born in Smyrna, Tennessee on August 9, 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in English from Tennessee State University in 1964 and a master's degree in early childhood literature and media programming from Webster University in 1975. After college, she worked as a junior high school English teacher and a children's book editor at Concordia Publishing.

Since the 1980's, she and her husband Frederick L. McKissack have written over 100 books together. Most of their titles are biographies with a strong focus on African-American themes for young readers. Their early 1990s biography series, Great African Americans included volumes on Frederick Douglass, Marian Anderson, and Paul Robeson. Their other works included Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers and Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States. Over their 30 years of writing together, the couple won many awards including the C.S. Lewis Silver Medal, a Newbery Honor, nine Coretta Scott King Author and Honor awards, the Jane Addams Peace Award, and the NAACP Image Award for Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?. In 1998, they received the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

She also writes fiction on her own. Her book included Flossie and the Fox, Stitchin' and Pullin': A Gee's Bend Quilt, A Friendship for Today, and Let's Clap, Jump, Sing and Shout; Dance, Spin and Turn It Out! She won the Newberry Honor Book Award and the King Author Award for The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural in 1993 and the Caldecott Medal for Mirandy and Brother Wind. She dead of cardio-respiratory arrest on April 7, 2017 at the age of 72.

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