chapter  4
Sojourner Truth
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Sojourner Truth (ca. 1797-1883), the symbol of the heroic black woman in American history, is remembered as a former slave who made herself into an outspoken antislavery feminist. As a symbol of race and gender in a world where all the women are white and all the blacks are men, "Sojourner Truth" is often summed up in a few public speech acts, which have varied over time as the fashion in black women has shifted. She also deserves to be remembered as a woman who defied the nineteenthcentury prohibition against women's preaching in public.