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Sojourner Truth Contributing Scholars and Historians

Nell Irvin Painter

Nell Irvin Painter is Edwards Professor of History at Princeton University and has written extensively about the black experience in America during the 19th century.

In Sojourner Truth: A Life, A Symbol (1996), she explores Truth's role as a symbol for the Strong Black Woman. Painter recounts the ex-slave's biography and her influence on American women and blacks, "separating person from symbol, and Isabella from Sojourner."

She is currently completing an annotated edition of the Narrative of Sojourner Truth, scheduled from publication in the fall 1998.

Painter received her undergraduate education at the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in American History from Harvard University. She has also studied at the University of Bordeaux, France, and the Center for African Studies at the University of Ghana.

Her other books include Exodusters: Black Migration to Kansas after Reconstruction (1976), The Narrative of Hosea Hudson: His Life as a Negro Communist in the South (1979) and Standing at Armageddon: The United States 1877-1919, published in 1987.


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