Truth, Sojourner, c.1797–1883,
American abolitionist, a freed slave, originally called Isabella, b. Ulster
co., N.Y. Convinced that she heard heavenly voices, she left (1843) domestic
employment in New York City, adopted the name Sojourner Truth, and traveled
throughout the North preaching emancipation and women's rights. A remarkable
personality, she spoke with much effectiveness even though she remained
illiterate. Like Harriet Tubman
Douglass, she is regarded as a radical intellectual and
See O. Gilbert, Narrative of Sojourner Truth (1878, repr. 1968); A. H. Fauset
(1938, repr. 1971); H. E. Pauli (1962); E. B. Claflin (1987); C. Mabee and
S. Mabee Newhouse (1993); N. Painter (1996); M. Washington,
Sojourner Truth's America (2009); K. Smiet,
Sojourner Truth and Intersectionality (2021).
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