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Sojourner Truth Contributing Scholars and Historians

Carleton Mabee


Carleton Mabee, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author,   received his Ph. D. in History from Columbia University. He is Professor Emeritus of History of the State University of New York College at New Paltz, New York. He says that the fact that he is a resident of Ulster County, where Sojourner Truth was born and raised as a slave, "helped launch me into writing about her."

His book, Sojourner Truth, Slave, Prophet, Legend, was the first full-length biographical study of Truth and remains the basic work in the field. It was co-written in 1993 with his daughter, Susan Mabee Newhouse, who was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, while her father was teaching at nearby Olivet College. Mabee credits her professional background as a psychotherapist with helping him interpret "the complex nature of Sojourner Truth."

Although he is retired from teaching, Mabee is active in the New York Sojourner Truth Institute and leads bus tours of sites associated with her early life.

Other books by Mabee include The American Leonardo: A Life of Samuel F. B. Morse, (1944) for which he won a Pulitzer Prize, Black Freedom: The Nonviolent Abolitionists from 1830 through the Civil War (1970), and, his most recent work, Listen to the Whistle: An Anecdotal History of the Walkill Valley Railroad in Ulster and Orange Counties.


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