Sojourner Truth Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Nineteenth-Century Literary Criticism)


Bernard, Jacqueline. Journey Toward Freedom: The Story of Sojourner Truth. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1967, 265 p.

Popular biography of Sojourner Truth from the late 1960s.

Fauset, Arthur Huff. Sojourner Truth: God's Faithful Pilgrim. Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1938, 187 p.

Detailed biography of Truth, including a brief bibliography and index.

Koike, Sekio. “Sojourner Truth: Her Thought and Literary Activities.” In Kyushu American Literature 14-17 (1972-76): 50-67.

Brief biography of Truth's life, based on the 1968 edition of Truth's Narrative.

Mabee, Carlton with Susan Mabee Newhouse. Sojourner Truth: Slave, Prophet, Legend. New York: New York University Press, 293 p.

Detailed biography of Truth's life, including a chronology of events.

Painter, Nell Irvin. Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1996, 570 p.

Sojourner Truth biography, including chapters on specific events such as her Ohio address.

Pauli, Hertha. Her Name Was Sojourner Truth. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, Inc., 1962, 250 p.

Well-known biography of Sojourner Truth from the early 1960s.

Terry, Ester. “Sojourner Truth: The Person Behind the The Libyan Sibyl. In Massachusetts Review: A Quarterly of Literature, Arts and Publications 26, No. 2-3 (Autumn 1985): 425-44.

A biographical study of Truth's life, as well as a comparison to her contemporary, Frederick Douglass.


Alliaume, Karen Trimble. “The Risks of Repeating Ourselves: Reading Feminist/Womanist Figures of Jesus.” In Cross Currents 48, No. 2 (Summer 1998): 198-217.

Examines Sojourner Truth and other female orators in the context of feminist Christology.

Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs. “Style and Content in the Rhetoric of Early Afro-American Feminists.” In The Quarterly Journal of Speech 72, No. 4 (November 1986): 434-45.

Campbell places Truth and other African-American women rhetoricians in the context of the American feminist movement.

Crosthwaite, Jane. “Women and Wild Beasts: Versions of the Exotic in Nineteenth Century American Art.” In Southern Humanities Review 19, No. 2 (Spring 1985): 97-114.

An analysis of four nineteenth-century figures who, according to Crosthwaite, shaped their own images in exotic permutations in order to focus on issues important to them.

Lebedun, Jean. “Harriet Beecher Stowe's Interest in Sojourner Truth, Black Feminist.” In American Literature 46 (1974-75): 359-63.

Exploration of Stowe's relationship with Truth, emphasizing the latter's influence on the former.

Yellin, Jean Fagan. Women and Sisters: The Antislavery Feminists in American Culture. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1989, 226 p.

Examines feminist ideas and symbols via nineteenth century figures and texts.