Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol

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by Nell Irvin Painter | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0393317080 Global Overview for this book
Registered by freezone of Boston, Massachusetts USA on 5/23/2017
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Journal Entry 1 by freezone from Boston, Massachusetts USA on Tuesday, May 23, 2017
This is an excellent history of Sojourner Truth and her times. Up to date on her New Yorker heritage and details about the fervent religious feeling that drove her. Far more complex than the stories for children you may have learned in middle school, which is where I knew her from.

Not a light read, but highly recommended.

Journal Entry 2 by freezone at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA on Friday, June 15, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (6/15/2018 UTC) at -- Bookbox, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- USA


Sending off the New Mexico, as part of the "Books I've Read" VBB. I learned a lot from this book, it was a good view into the pre-Civil War period through one woman's life and ideas. It particularly connected to places in Massachusetts which had abolitionist histories I hadn't known about before reading this. Also, I'll bet you don't know much (that's true) about her early life.

Hope you enjoy, too!

Journal Entry 3 by winglabmomnmwing at Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Monday, June 25, 2018
Arrived in the mail - thanks!

Journal Entry 4 by winglabmomnmwing at Albuquerque, New Mexico USA on Sunday, January 13, 2019
This was a really interesting look at what is known about the real woman and the legend that has grown up/been built around her. As Painter points out, the lack of actual writings by Truth makes it difficult to piece together the facts of her life, but this book seems to be an admirable attempt at mixing straight biography & placing her in the context of her own time and how she has been viewed/pigeonholed in later years.

Journal Entry 5 by tabby-cat-owner at Bellingham, Washington USA on Tuesday, August 27, 2019
I received this book in the mail from labmomnm of Albuquerque, New Mexico. I requested it from the non-fiction VBB.

Thank you, labmomnm for sending me this book.

Journal Entry 6 by tabby-cat-owner at Bellingham, Washington USA on Saturday, February 15, 2020
Excellent scholarship in a writing style that is easy-to-read. I enjoyed reading about life in New York State in the early 1800s. Furthermore, I appreciated reading about America as it evolved through post-Civil War years. Sojourner Truth certainly lived a long and complicated life. She did try to make a difference and help emancipated slaves create better lives. The author poses a question at the end of the book about our need for symbolic personalities, Sojourner Truth is one of those symbols.

NOTE: The author compares Sojourner Truth's symbolic life to the symbolic mythological life of Jesus towards the end of the book. The author also confesses that she knows nothing about the Christian religion and she had to learn about it to understand Sojourner Truth's faith, particularly in regards to her early years. How can someone living in the United States and teaching at one of the best universities in the country be so ignorant about religion and the Bible? For the record, Jesus is not a mythological figure. He really did live on earth two thousand years ago. He is also the Son of God. I was shocked at the author's acceptance of Jesus as a myth and her dismissal of Christianity.

Journal Entry 7 by tabby-cat-owner at Starbucks at Sehome in Bellingham, Washington USA on Sunday, February 16, 2020

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This book was left on the bookshelf inside the Starbucks located at Sehome Village shopping center. It was released for the Black History Month Diversity release challenge.

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