Bibliography: Sojourner Truth (page 1 of 2)

This bibliography is reformatted and customized by the Center for Positive Practices for the Black Lives & Me website. Some of the authors featured on this page include Adelaide Haas, Rosemarie Arbur, English Journal, Mary Ruthsdotter, Karlyn Kohrs Campbell, Windsor National Women's History Project, Nancy Lobb, Bevin A. Romans, Hortense D. Lloyd, and Robert C. Baron.

Baron, Robert C., Ed.; And Others (1989). Soul of America: Documenting Our Past, 1492-1974. Compiled by historians, the documents and speeches in this volume span 5 centuries of thought in the United States. These documents represent the full scope of U.S. history, from the earliest settlements, through the western expansion, to the era when the United States became a world power. The book contains materials by Coronado, William Penn, Roger Williams, William Bradford, Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, Benjamin Franklin, Red Jacket, Tecumseh, Chief Joseph, John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King, Jr., Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Sojourner Truth, and 16 U.S. presidents. Some choices were based on their long-term influence, some on the beauty of the language and the expression of major ideas. Each document is introduced by a short essay describing its historical context. The volume is organized in chronological order, includes a 15-item bibliography, and identifies sources for the documents. Descriptors: Civil War (United States), Colonial History (United States), Modern History, Presidents

Romans, Bevin A. (1993). Sojourner Truth as an Essential Part of Rhetorical Theory. To affirm Sojourner Truth as a powerful rhetor who advanced the equality and empowerment of women, a study examined several of her speeches on women's suffrage. Although the value of using such role models as Sojourner Truth has been demonstrated in various grade levels, and in the study of history and English, the approach is too seldom employed in today's college classes studying rhetorical criticism. Additional analysis of this female voice is overdue in the field of speech communication. The goal of Sojourner Truth's life was to move the United States toward equality of the sexes, making it appropriate that the critical method used in the study is that of feminist criticism. The study analyzed how in these speeches, and from her perspective as a freed female slave of African descent, Sojourner Truth presented the situation of women; how women perceived society; and the way Sojourner Truth challenged post-Civil War assumptions about females. (The three speeches analyzed are attached. Contains 21 references.)   [More]  Descriptors: Blacks, Discourse Analysis, Females, Higher Education

National Women's History Project, Windsor, CA. (1994). Myself and Women Heroes in My World. National Women's History Project. This guide presents biographies of the following women: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Queen Liliuokalani, Amelia Earhart, Maria Tallchief, and Sonia Manzano. The use of biographies as history provides historical information and role models in a form comprehensible to young students. The personal history booklet that concludes this document serves as a guide to help students understand that they, too, will have a role in history. It basically demonstrates to students that people like themselves can make history. Descriptors: Curriculum Guides, Elementary Education, Females, Social Studies

Lobb, Nancy (1995). 16 Extraordinary African Americans. This collection for children tells the stories of 16 African Americans who helped make America what it is today. African Americans can take pride in the heritage of these contributors to society. Biographies are given for the following: (1) Sojourner Truth, preacher and abolitionist; (2) Frederick Douglass, abolitionist; (3) Harriet Tubman, leader in helping slaves escape; (4) Ida B. Wells-Barnett, journalist; (5) Mary McLeod Bethune, educator; (6) Booker T. Washington, educator and founder of Tuskegee Institute; (7) W. E. B. Du Bois, scholar and advocate of black rights; (8) George Washington Carver, botanist; (9) Jackie Robinson, baseball star; (10) Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice; (11) Shirley Chisholm, Congresswoman; (12) Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader; (13) Malcolm X, black rights leader; (14) Marian Wright Edelman, child advocate; (15) Jesse Jackson, civil rights leader; and (16) Maya Angelou, author and poet. Questions and activities for further learning and guidelines for teachers are included. Descriptors: Black Culture, Black History, Blacks, Childrens Literature

Lloyd, Hortense D. (1992). The Agonies and Survival Techniques of Black Females and Their Implications for Improving the Plight of Black Males in America, Negro Educational Review. Briefly describes the lives of important African-American women, detailing the challenges they faced and how they survived from Sojourner Truth to Alice Walker. Suggests that the strengths and lessons of the lives of these women may shed light on how to help African-American males. Descriptors: Authors, Biographies, Black Achievement, Black Culture

Haas, Adelaide (1979). Sojourner Truth–A Woman of Strength and Vision. Based upon research conducted during the past decade that identifies speech features of form, topic, content, and use of language as male- or female-associated, this paper examines the rhetoric of Sojourner Truth in reference to these features. It classifies her directness, originality, and action as male-associated and her modesty, emotionalism, and sensitivity as female-associated. It concludes that hers was an androgynous speech that was not limited by genderlect. Descriptors: Black History, Black Leadership, Females, Language Styles

Larkins, A. Guy (1988). Hero, Place, and Value: Using Biography and Story in Elementary Social Studies, Georgia Social Science Journal. States that because of an unclear rationale for instructional goals, the expanding environment organizational scheme results in trivial course content. Recommends that elementary social studies be guided by a citizenship education rationale. Two illustrative lessons, using story, biography, and historical narrative, are provided: Sojourner Truth and "Knots on a Counting Rope." Descriptors: Biographies, Citizenship Education, Course Content, Curriculum Development

English Journal (2005). What Text Have You Successfully Used to Reveal One or More of the Many Voices of Democracy?. Three English teachers from the US have described about the texts they have used to expose their students to exercise their voices in a participatory democracy. The English teachers have used films like Sojourner Truth, Avalon, and Erin Brockovich to teach students the importance of voice of democracy.   [More]  Descriptors: Democracy, English Instruction, English Teachers, Instructional Materials

Arbur, Rosemarie (1977). Semantics and Sojourner Truth. Sojourner Truth's "Ain't I a Woman?" speech is presented in this paper and shown to be an effective vehicle for helping students discover the power of language and of literature. The paper first discusses the potentially destructive way English teachers sometimes tell students about "hidden meanings" in long and complex works and suggests that, to interest students in semantics, teachers should begin modestly. It then presents a witness's account of Sojourner Truth's speech, made in response to speeches by several ministers who opposed women's demands for suffrage, and shows ways that the speech can be discussed with students. It demonstrates how teachers can elicit meanings for the word "little" as used by Sojourner Truth in disputing the word of "dat little man in black dar" and how they can draw attention to the influence of Sojourner's speech upon her audience, to show students the power of words. Descriptors: English Instruction, Higher Education, Language Usage, Literature Appreciation

National Women's History Project, Windsor, CA. (1998). Women Putting Our Stamp on America: Biographies and Activities for National Women's History Month, March 1999. This booklet, intended for use by educators and by workplace and community organizers, introduces women who have been featured on U.S. postage stamps as well as a few of the women who clearly merit such honor in the future. Postage stamps featuring women have been relatively few and far between and have only skimmed the surface of U.S. women in history. This booklet contains more than 40 biographies of exemplary women, including Jane Addams, Juliette Low, Clara Barton, Rachel Carson, Willa Cather, Amelia Earhart, "Ma" Rainey, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sacajawea, Sojourner Truth, and Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias. The booklet also contains 12 suggestions for classroom activities and information on how to nominate other U.S. women for commemorative postage stamps. A sample stamp design and a "matching" game also are featured. Descriptors: Biographies, Class Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Females

Campbell, Karlyn Kohrs (1986). Style and Content in the Rhetoric of Early Afro-American Feminists, Quarterly Journal of Speech. Analyzes selected speeches by feminists active in the early Afro-American protest, revealing differences in their rhetoric and that of White feminists of the period. Argues that a simultaneous analysis and synthesis is necessary to understand these differences. Illustrates speeches by Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells, and Mary Church Terrell. Descriptors: Civil Rights, Feminism, Persuasive Discourse, Public Speaking

National Women's History Project, Windsor, CA. (1992). Las Heroinas en el Mundo Mio y Yo (Myself and Women Heroes in My World). This book offers a series of lesson plans and resources for teaching young learners (K-3) about heroines in U.S. history. The book offers general guidelines for presentation of the materials as well as specific suggestions for individual lessons. Each lesson focuses on a particular historical figure and includes a biography, a lesson plan outline, sample discussion questions, and reproducible visual aids. The women explored in the guide are: Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, Queen Liliuokalani, Amelia Earhart, Maria Tallchief, and Sonia Manzano. The final activity involves the student creating a personal history. Both the text and the materials are in Spanish. Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Elementary Education, Females, Primary Education

Ruthsdotter, Mary (1992). "Celebrate Women's History": Coloring Poster Activity Booklet. This booklet contains biographical information about Bessie Coleman, Nellie Bly, Gertrude Ederle, Sojourner Truth, Chien-Shiung Wu, Yoshiko Uchida, Madam C. J. Walker, Maria Martinez, Jovita Idar, Margaret Bourke-White, Sally Ride, and Sybil Ludington. These women are noted for their important contributions to United States history. It is hoped their lives and contributions inspire other women to become leaders in society as well. A quiz, a list of activities, and discussion questions are provided with guide. A 12-item bibliography concludes the text. Descriptors: Biographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Social Studies

Hakim, Joy (1994). Liberty for All? A History of US: Book Five. This volume is book 5 in a 10 part series on U.S. history for children. The book tells the story of the Antebellum era–especially the story of children from a variety of backgrounds. Some of the characters depicted in this volume include Jedediah Smith, Davy Crockett, John Quincy Adams, Emily Dickinson, Sojourner Truth, John James Audubon, and Dred Scott. Topics included are the westward expansion of the United States, the growth of cities, industrialization, and slavery. The book contains photographs, drawings, maps, graphics, and cartoons that make the chapters understandable and entertaining. Additional resources include a chronology of events and a list of more books to read. The book, designed to support the upper elementary and secondary school social studies curriculum, contains an extensive index, in-depth bibliography of young adult literature, and descriptive chronology of historical events. Descriptors: Black History, Constitutional History, Instructional Materials, Intermediate Grades

1996 (1996). African Americans Who Made a Difference. 15 Plays for the Classroom. These easy-to-read classroom plays are about 15 African American men and women in a variety of vocations. The plays are designed to enhance the curriculum and to make social studies come alive for the student as they bolster language-arts teaching. Each play includes a Teacher's Guide that contains some quotes from the featured person and a brief biography. A bibliography lists age-appropriate titles to help children learn more about these people. The guide ends with activities designed to strengthen students' thinking, oral, writing, and research skills. The plays are about: (1) Alvin Ailey, Jr.; (2) Romare Bearden; (3) George Washington Carver; (4) Shirley Chisholm; (5) Frederick Douglass; (6) Langston Hughes; (7) Martin Luther King, Jr.; (8) Thurgood Marshall; (9) Rosa Parks; (10) Jackie Robinson; (11) Sojourner Truth; (12) Harriet Tubman; (13) Ida B. Wells-Barnett; (14) Phillis Wheatley; and (15) Malcolm X. Descriptors: Biographies, Blacks, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Enrichment

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