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Titus, Frances W.

Works: 6 works in 51 publications in 1 language and 1,589 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Sources  Biographies  Personal narratives  Autobiographies  Interviews 
Roles: Author
Classifications: E185.97.T8, B
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Most widely held works about Frances W Titus
Most widely held works by Frances W Titus
Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Olive Gilbert( Book )

45 editions published between 1875 and 2001 in English and held by 1,274 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sojourner Truth (1795-1883) was originally a Dutch-speaking slave in Hurley, New York (Ulster County) who became one of the nineteenth century's most eloquent voices for the causes of anti-slavery and women's rights. This work includes several important texts about her life, beginning with a dictated autobiography. In it, she tells of her early life in slavery and how she did not officially achieve freedom until 1827, under New York State's Anti- Slavery Act. The children she bore as a slave were taken from her, and it was her successful efforts to reclaim her son, Peter, who had been illegally sold out of state, that brought her into contact with anti-slavery advocates. Moving to New York City, she became involved in Evangelical religious and moral reform activities and began preaching at camp-meetings around the city. By 1832, she had come under the influence of the self-styled utopian prophet, Matthias, whom she helped to support with her savings and labor. In 1843, after Matthias's experimental community had failed, Truth left New York and traveled through Long Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, singing and speaking out about public and religious issues. She lived for a time at the utopian Northampton Association of Education and Industry in Florence, Massachusetts, and after it disbanded in 1846, she dictated this account of her life's story to help purchase a home there. The narrative ends with her 1849 visit to New York to see her daughter and John Dumont, her former master, who finally acknowledges the evils of slavery. The Book of Life amplifies Truth's story with materials emphasizing her anti-slavery and women's-rights activism. Around 1857, she moved to Battle Creek, Michigan, though after the Emancipation Proclamation (1863), she worked in Washington as a counselor and educator for former slaves through the Freedman's Relief Association and the Freedmen's Hospital. She also crusaded for equal treatment for black and white passengers on local street cars. In 1874, she returned to Battle Creek to nurse an ill grandson, and after his death a year later, her own health irreversibly declined. Her famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech, addressed to the Woman's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, in 1851, is also included here in a transcription by Mrs. Frances D. Gage
Narrative of Sojourner Truth by Olive Gilbert( Book )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The autobiography of the pioneer for racial and sexual equality discusses her years as a slave in upstate New York and describes the spiritual revelations that turned her into an abolitionist
Narrative of Sojourner Truth : a bondswoman of olden time by Olive Gilbert( )

1 edition published in 1875 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

<P><span>Published in 1875, this biography covers the early life, time in slavery and accomplishments of Isabella <span>Baumfree</span>, known by her self-given name, Sojourner Truth.</span></p><p>Born into slavery in New York, Sojourner Truth was sold several times throughout her teenage years. While owned by the John Dumont family, she married Thomas, another of the family's slaves.</p><p><span>In 1827, New York emancipated all slaves, but Sojourner had left her husband and four children to run away with her youngest child. While working as a maid for the family of Isaac Van <span>Wagenen</span>, she learned that one of her sons had been sold to slave owners in Alabama. In an unprecedented case, she sued the owners in court, arguing that her son had been set free under New York Law. She won his return.</span></p><p>In 1843, she officially took the name Sojourner Truth, believing that the change was an instruction from the Holy Spirit. Soon after, she became a traveling preacher, the literal meaning of her new name.</p><p>She became a public speaker for the abolitionist movement in the 1840s and began to speak in favor of women's suffrage in the 1850s. In 1851, she gave her most famous speech <em>Ain't I a Woman?</em> at a women's rights convention in Ohio.</p><p>During the American Civil War, she gathered food and clothing contributions for black regiments and met President Abraham Lincoln at the White House in 1864. There, she spoke to him about ending segregation on public transportation like buses and street cars.</p><p>After the war ended, she continued to speak and advocate for women's rights, black rights and other causes. Following her death in 1870, she was memorialized with books, monuments, museums, hospitals and more. In 2009, she was the first black woman to be honored with a sculpture placed in the U.S. Capitol.</p>
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Alternative Names
Titus, F. W. (Frances W.)

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