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The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Olive Gilbert (?-?) & Sojourner Truth (1797-1883)

1. 01 - HER BIRTH AND PARENTAGE
2. 02 - ACCOMMODATIONS
3. 03 - HER BROTHERS AND SISTERS
4. 04 - HER RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION
5. 05 - THE AUCTION
6. 06 - DEATH OF MAU-MAU BETT
7. 07 - LAST DAYS OF BOMEFREE
8. 08 - DEATH OF BOMEFREE
9. 09 - COMMENCEMENT OF ISABELLA'S TRIALS IN LIFE
10. 10 - TRIALS CONTINUED
11. 11 - HER STANDING WITH HER NEW MASTER AND MISTRESS
12. 12 - ISABELLA'S MARRIAGE
13. 13 - ISABELLA AS A MOTHER
14. 14 - SLAVEHOLDER'S PROMISES
15. 15 - HER ESCAPE
16. 16 - ILLEGAL SALE OF HER SON
17. 17 - IT IS OFTEN DARKEST JUST BEFORE DAWN
18. 18 - DEATH OF MRS. ELIZA FOWLER
19. 19 - ISABELLA'S RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE
20. 20 - NEW TRIALS
21. 21 - FINDING A BROTHER AND SISTER
22. 22 - GLEANINGS
23. 23 - THE MATTHIAS DELUSION
24. 24 - FASTING
25. 25 - THE CAUSE OF HER LEAVING THE CITY
26. 26 - THE CONSEQUENCES OF REFUSING A TRAVELLER A NIGHT'S LODGING
27. 27 - SOME OF HER VIEWS AND REASONINGS
28. 28 - THE SECOND ADVENT DOCTRINES
29. 29 - ANOTHER CAMP-MEETING
30. 30 - LAST INTERVIEW WITH HER MASTER
31. 31 - CERTIFICATES OF CHARACTER

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Summary

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is the gripping autobiographical account of Sojourner Truth's life as a slave in pre-Civil War New York State, and her eventual escape to Freedom. Since Sojourner could neither read or write, she dictated her story to Olive Gilbert after they met at a Women’s Rights rally. The Narrative was first published in 1850, and was widely distributed by the Abolitionist Movement. It was one of the catalysts for the rise of anti-slavery public opinion in the years leading up to the Civil War. Though Olive Gilbert's writing about Sojourner takes on a patronizing tone at times (a weakness of some Abolitionists), The Narrative of Sojourner Truth remains a moving and historic document, chronicling the struggles of African-Americans under slavery and the life of a truly remarkable woman. (Introduction by Marc Kockinos)