Narrative of Sojourner Truth
by Sojourner Truth
Born a slave in New York state around 1797 and given the name Isabella Baumfree, Sojourner Truth followed her calling and traveled the country, speaking to large and sometimes hostile crowds. After years of giving speeches, she had become one of the most influential African American women of the nineteenth century, but unable to write her memoirs herself, Sojourner dictated her narrative to Olive Gilbert, a white abolitionist. They were published in 1850 and are an inspirational account of this extraordinary woman’s journey through life.