Standard Name: Truth, Sojourner
Birth Name: Isabella Hardenbergh
Self-constructed Name: Isabella Van Wagener
Self-constructed Name: Sojourner Truth
USA in the mid-nineteenth century, dictated her life story, a spiritual autobiography or slave narrative, to a literate transcriber in 1850. Her texts are problematic because of the other voices (voices of literate white well-wishers) which interpose themselves between author and reader. Her art was oral; she was a speaker and preacher rather than a writer (though her works include poetry as well as speeches). As a celebrity in her lifetime, she was much observed and written about, but her transcribers mostly seem to have succumbed to the temptation of fairly radical editing., a charismatic religious and political leader (Christian revivalist, abolitionist, and feminist) in the northern states of the
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Truth, Sojourner, and Olive Gilbert. Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Printed for the author, 1850.
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Truth, Sojourner. The Book of Life. X Press, 1999.