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Sojourner Truth: formerly enslaved person and unforgettable abolitionist of the mid-nineteenth century, a figure of imposing physique, a riveting preacher and spellbinding singer who dazzled listeners with her wit and originality. Straight-talking and unsentimental, Truth became an early national symbol for strong Black women--indeed, for all strong women.

In this modern classic of scholarship and sympathetic understanding, eminent historian Nell Irvin Painter goes beyond the myths, words, and photographs to uncover the life of a complex woman who was born into slavery and died a legend.


Nell Irvin Painter is the award-winning author of many books, including Standing at Armageddon and The History of White People. She is the Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and lives in East Orange, New Jersey, and the Adirondacks.


  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Publish Date: April 23, 2024
  • Pages: 448
  • Dimensions: 5.49 X 8.21 X 1.1 inches | 0.86 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Paperback
  • EAN/UPC: 9781324050599
  • BISAC Categories: Cultural, Ethnic & Regional - General, Historical, Women, Cultural, Ethnic & Regional - African American & Black, Social Activists, United States - 19th Century


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