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    Sojourner Truth Carte de Visite. Born into slavery as Isabella Baumfree (after her father's owner) in New York, this historic woman had already run away from the chains of slavery when it was officially abolished in the state in 1827. Around 1840 she became a traveling preacher, and adopted the name Sojourner Truth in recognition of that calling and, as she asserted, following the instructions of the Holy Spirit. In the late 1840s, she became involved in the organized Abolition Movement, and in 1851 presented her most famous speech, "Ain't I a Woman?", to an Ohio women's rights convention. She quickly became a well known advocate of women's suffrage and became acquainted with Harriet Beecher Stowe who wrote about her in the Atlantic Monthly and penned an introduction to The Narrative of Sojourner Truth. During the Civil War, she actively raised supplies and funds for black regiments and met Lincoln at the White House in 1864. Sojourner remained active in public life, particularly on the lecture circuit, until 1875, when she returned to her adopted home in Michigan, passing away there quietly in 1883. The image offered here features Truth seated at a table, working at her knitting. Below is her name and the slogan: "I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance". In very fine condition; small piece missing from the lower right corner; light overall toning; double lined gilt border; square corners. Few social movement figures command as much attention from collectors as Sojourner Truth, and this is a particularly nice example!

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    February, 2007
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