The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

Olive GILBERT (1801 - 1884) and Sojourner TRUTH (1797 - 1883)

The Narrative of Sojourner Truth is the gripping autobiographical account of Sojourner Truths 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)

Genre(s): *Non-fiction, History

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - HER BIRTH AND PARENTAGE Marc Kockinos
00:02:12
Play 02 02 - ACCOMMODATIONS Marc Kockinos
00:02:53
Play 03 03 - HER BROTHERS AND SISTERS Marc Kockinos
00:03:28
Play 04 04 - HER RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION Marc Kockinos
00:03:20
Play 05 05 - THE AUCTION Marc Kockinos
00:04:00
Play 06 06 - DEATH OF MAU-MAU BETT Marc Kockinos
00:02:48
Play 07 07 - LAST DAYS OF BOMEFREE Marc Kockinos
00:05:40
Play 08 08 - DEATH OF BOMEFREE Marc Kockinos
00:03:32
Play 09 09 - COMMENCEMENT OF ISABELLA'S TRIALS IN LIFE LALaird4
00:04:06
Play 10 10 - TRIALS CONTINUED godsownfool
00:04:12
Play 11 11 - HER STANDING WITH HER NEW MASTER AND MISTRESS godsownfool
00:13:24
Play 12 12 - ISABELLA'S MARRIAGE godsownfool
00:03:07
Play 13 13 - ISABELLA AS A MOTHER godsownfool
00:03:44
Play 14 14 - SLAVEHOLDER'S PROMISES Ann Boulais
00:04:09
Play 15 15 - HER ESCAPE Ann Boulais
00:05:49
Play 16 16 - ILLEGAL SALE OF HER SON Ann Boulais
00:05:10
Play 17 17 - IT IS OFTEN DARKEST JUST BEFORE DAWN Sundiata
00:24:08
Play 18 18 - DEATH OF MRS. ELIZA FOWLER Sundiata
00:11:02
Play 19 19 - ISABELLA'S RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE Sundiata
00:37:37
Play 20 20 - NEW TRIALS metgmz
00:12:06
Play 21 21 - FINDING A BROTHER AND SISTER metgmz
00:04:13
Play 22 22 - GLEANINGS Lucretia B.
00:12:51
Play 23 23 - THE MATTHIAS DELUSION Lucretia B.
00:20:10
Play 24 24 - FASTING Cori Samuel
00:02:19
Play 25 25 - THE CAUSE OF HER LEAVING THE CITY Cori Samuel
00:10:56
Play 26 26 - THE CONSEQUENCES OF REFUSING A TRAVELLER A NIGHT'S LODGING Sundiata
00:10:52
Play 27 27 - SOME OF HER VIEWS AND REASONINGS Sundiata
00:07:53
Play 28 28 - THE SECOND ADVENT DOCTRINES Sundiata
00:13:33
Play 29 29 - ANOTHER CAMP-MEETING Linda Velwest
00:17:29
Play 30 30 - LAST INTERVIEW WITH HER MASTER Linda Velwest
00:03:45
Play 31 31 - CERTIFICATES OF CHARACTER Linda Velwest
00:03:06