Sojourner Truth's America / Margaret Washington.

By: Washington, Margaret [author.]Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooksPublisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2009Description: 1 online resource (xx, 478 pages) : illustrationsContent type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780252093746; 0252093747; 128313568X; 9781283135689Subject(s): African American abolitionists -- Biography | African American women -- Biography | Social reformers -- United States -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Sojourner Truth's America.DDC classification: 306.3/62092 | B LOC classification: E185.97.T8 | W37 2009Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
Contents:
""Front Cover""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright""; ""TOC""; ""Intro""; ""Part I""; ""Part 2""; ""Part 3""; ""Notes""; ""Index""; ""Back Cover""
Summary: This fascinating biography tells the story of nineteenth-century America through the life of one of its most magnetic and influential characters: Sojourner Truth. In an in-depth account of this amazing activist, Margaret Washington unravels Sojourner Truth's world within the broader panorama of African American slavery and the nation's most significant reform era. Organized chronologically into three distinct eras of Truth's life, Sojourner Truth's America examines the complex dynamics of the times in which she acted, beginning with the transnational contours of her spirituality and early life as a slave. Washington then highlights Truth's awakening during nineteenth-century America's progressive surge, which propelled her ascendancy as a rousing preacher and political orator despite her inability to read and write. Throughout the book, Washington explores Truth's passionate commitment to family and community, including her vision for a beloved community that extended beyond race, gender, and socioeconomic condition and embraced a common humanity. For Sojourner Truth, the significant model for such communalism was a primitive, prophetic Christianity. Illustrated with dozens of images of Truth and her contemporaries, Sojourner Truth's America provides important insights into the turbulent cultural and political climate of the age while also separating the many myths from the facts concerning this legendary American figure.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 381-454) and index.

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This fascinating biography tells the story of nineteenth-century America through the life of one of its most magnetic and influential characters: Sojourner Truth. In an in-depth account of this amazing activist, Margaret Washington unravels Sojourner Truth's world within the broader panorama of African American slavery and the nation's most significant reform era. Organized chronologically into three distinct eras of Truth's life, Sojourner Truth's America examines the complex dynamics of the times in which she acted, beginning with the transnational contours of her spirituality and early life as a slave. Washington then highlights Truth's awakening during nineteenth-century America's progressive surge, which propelled her ascendancy as a rousing preacher and political orator despite her inability to read and write. Throughout the book, Washington explores Truth's passionate commitment to family and community, including her vision for a beloved community that extended beyond race, gender, and socioeconomic condition and embraced a common humanity. For Sojourner Truth, the significant model for such communalism was a primitive, prophetic Christianity. Illustrated with dozens of images of Truth and her contemporaries, Sojourner Truth's America provides important insights into the turbulent cultural and political climate of the age while also separating the many myths from the facts concerning this legendary American figure.

""Front Cover""; ""Title Page""; ""Copyright""; ""TOC""; ""Intro""; ""Part I""; ""Part 2""; ""Part 3""; ""Notes""; ""Index""; ""Back Cover""

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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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