Sojourner Truth

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Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth Picture Gallery Sojourner Truth. Courtesy Library of Congress

Images of Sojourner Truth

A newspaper once said of Sojourner Truth, "Sojourner Truth is too well known to need any endorsements." She lectured for abolition and racial justice, and also for women's rights. She was one of the best known African American women of the 19th century. These images are drawn from paintings and from photographs. Some of the photographs are copies of cartes de visite which Sojourner Truth sold at lectures, and were the main source of income for Truth in her career as a lecturer.

"I sell the shadow to support the substance" is the caption on this Sojourner Truth picture -- one that she sold in order to make a living from her speeches.

 

"Sell the shadow" means to sell her picture, a shadow of herself; "support the substance" means to support her actual body -- feed and clothe and house her.

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Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth Picture Gallery Sojourner Truth. (c) 1999-2007 ClipArt.com - used with permission

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Sojourner Truth Picture Gallery Sojourner Truth. Adapted from a Public Domain Image

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Sojourner Truth Picture Gallery Sojourner Truth - carte de visite with text "I sell the shadow to support the substance.". Courtesy Library of Congress, modifications (c) 2007 Jone Johnson Lewis

A picture of Sojourner Truth, from a carte de visite which Sojourner Truth sold at her lectures in order to support herself.

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Sojourner Truth - detail from carte de visite
Sojourner Truth Picture Gallery Sojourner Truth - detail from carte de visite. Courtesy Library of Congress, modifications (c) 2007 Jone Johnson Lewis

A detail from a carte de visite which Sojourner Truth sold at her lectures in order to support herself.

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Sojourner Truth and Abraham Lincoln
Sojourner Truth Picture Gallery Library of Congress title: A. Lincoln showing Sojourner Truth the Bible presented by colored people of Baltimore, Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 1864. Courtesy Library of Congress, modifications (c) 2007 Jone Johnson Lewis

Abraham Lincoln and Sojourner Truth, photograph of a painting, 1893. Depicts a meeting in 1864 arranged by Lucy N. Colman and Elizabeth Keckley.

 

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Sojourner Truth - from Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth Picture Gallery Sojourner Truth - from Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Public Domain Image

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Sojourner Truth - from Narrative of Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth Picture Gallery Sojourner Truth - from Narrative of Sojourner Truth. Adapted from a Public Domain Image

An image of Sojourner Truth, frontispiece image from her autobiography.

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CDV Portrait of Sojourner Truth Sojourner Truth - about 1864. Courtesy Library of Congress

Photograph of Sojourner Truth, mounted on a carte de visite or CDV, from about 1864.

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Sojourner Truth and Women's Rights

Sojourner Truth and Women's Rights
These Women All Together Sojourner Truth and Women's Rights. Courtesy Library of Congress

A depiction of Sojourner Truth, with a quote from her "Ain't I a Woman" speech. Scholars today dispute whether the stereotypical rendering of her speech in this dialogue was an accurate rendering of her speech.

"If de fust woman God ever made was strong enough to turn de world upside down all alone, dese women all togedder ought to be able to turn it back and get it right side up agin." - Sojourner Truth quoted

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