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Sojourner Truth's America / Margaret Washington.

By: Washington, Margaret.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2009Description: xx, 478 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.ISBN: 9780252034190 (cloth : alk. paper); 0252034198 (cloth : alk. paper).Subject(s): Truth, Sojourner, d. 1883 | Truth, Sojourner, d. 1883 -- Political and social views | Truth, Sojourner, d. 1883 -- Friends and associates | African American abolitionists -- Biography | African American women -- Biography | Social reformers -- United States -- Biography | Social problems -- United States -- History -- 19th century | Progressivism (United States politics) -- History -- 19th century | United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century | United States -- Race relations -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: 306.3/62092 | B
Contents:
Introduction : The three lives of Sojourner Truth -- African and Dutch religious heritage -- Home is like a grave -- Better to me than a man -- Like Hagar and her children -- A rushing mighty wind -- Sanctification and perfection -- I will crush them with the truth -- The antislavery vanguard, 1833-1843 -- The Spirit calls me there -- A holy city -- The cold water army, Olive Gilbert, and Sojourner's Narrative -- The Bloodhound Bill and intensified activism -- The New York campaign -- God, you drive -- I go in for agitatin' -- Truth is powerful -- Proclaim liberty throughout the land -- Was woman true? -- I am on my way to Kansas -- Epilogue : Well done, good and faithful servant.
Summary: "This fascinating biography tells the story on nineteenth-century America through the life of one of its most charismatic and influential characters: Sojourner Truth. Margaret Washington unravels Sojourner Truth's world within the broader panorama of African American slavery and the nation's most significant reform era."-inside jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 381-454) and index.

Introduction : The three lives of Sojourner Truth -- African and Dutch religious heritage -- Home is like a grave -- Better to me than a man -- Like Hagar and her children -- A rushing mighty wind -- Sanctification and perfection -- I will crush them with the truth -- The antislavery vanguard, 1833-1843 -- The Spirit calls me there -- A holy city -- The cold water army, Olive Gilbert, and Sojourner's Narrative -- The Bloodhound Bill and intensified activism -- The New York campaign -- God, you drive -- I go in for agitatin' -- Truth is powerful -- Proclaim liberty throughout the land -- Was woman true? -- I am on my way to Kansas -- Epilogue : Well done, good and faithful servant.

"This fascinating biography tells the story on nineteenth-century America through the life of one of its most charismatic and influential characters: Sojourner Truth. Margaret Washington unravels Sojourner Truth's world within the broader panorama of African American slavery and the nation's most significant reform era."-inside jacket.

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Washington (Cornell) is best known as an historian of Southern slavery, especially enslaved Gullah people in coastal South Carolina from the colonial period to the Civil War era. This biography of Sojourner Truth (1797-1883) has turned her into a scholar of Northern slavery and antebellum US social reform movements. The heart of the book examines the various roles of this Dutch African, pipe-smoking, physically strong, self-emancipated, self-educated, book-peddling preacher/educator in abolition, temperance, woman's rights, utopias, hydropathy etc., concluding that Truth's lived experience testified to her "spirituality and service to humanity" (p. 379). The book's strength is its persuasive insistence on Truth's centrality to antebellum progressive reform as well as the impact of this milieu on her own life. Although social reform sometimes buries Truth, Washington's detailed attention to her historical context, her African heritage, and the enduring legacy of northern slavery improve upon Carleton Mabee's Sojourner Truth: Slave, Prophet, Legend (CH, Dec'93, 31-2298) and Nell Irvin Painter's Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol (CH, Mar'97, 34-4082). This scholarly biography, meticulously researched with 73 pages of endnotes, is destined to be the definitive study for a generation. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-level undergraduate and graduate collections on 19th-century US history, African American history, and social reform movements. J. R. Kerr-Ritchie Howard University

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Margaret Washington is a professor of history at Cornell University. She is the author of the award-winning book "A Peculiar People": Slave Religion and Community-culture among the Gullahs and the editor of The Narrative of Sojourner Truth.

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