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Title:
Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a woman?" speech : a primary source investigation
Author(s):
Brezina, Corona.
ISBN/ISSN:
1404201548
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Edition:
First edition.
Physical Description:
64 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm.
Series:
Great historic debates and speeches

Great historic debates and speeches.
Abstract:
Primary source documents breakdown the events that led to the Sojourner Truth's speech that stands as an inspiration for justice and equal rights today.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.0 2.0 102819.
Pub Date:
RosenCentral Primary Source, 2005.
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Summary

This is a lively examination of Sojourner Truth's historic speech at the women's rights convention in 1851. Using primary source documents, it includes biographical information that shows how Truth's role as a social reformer straddled the abolitionist and women's rights movements. The book provides solid background information on the plight of women and African Americans in mid- to late nineteenth-century America, and explains some of the legends about Truth. It details and analyzes the two competing historical accounts of the speech, both of which are provided as transcripts.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. Brezina faces an unusual challenge in this volume from the Great Historic Debates and Speeches series. Because Sojourner Truth could neither read nor write, there is no authoritative version of the speech under discussion. The book does a good job with the topic, though, by providing clearly written biographical information about Truth, offering a straightforward account of the versions of the speech that were reported, discussing their relative merits, and including two texts in an appendix. One interesting historical sidelight is that only one version of the speech uses the key phrase by which it is known today: and ain't I a woman? --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2005 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-These readable texts provide balanced overviews. Primary-source materials include archival maps, photos, reproductions, letters, and speeches that are examined in context. Sojourner Truth, in particular, does a nice job of explaining the difficulties associated with writing a history of a woman who could not, herself, read or write. This title also provides the most complete biographical material of the four. The two Lincoln titles contain some overlapping information but retain a distinct focus. There is little available for this audience specifically about the Calhoun-Randolph debate. Libraries looking for introductory or additional material on these topics will find these titles to be useful additions.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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