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Truth, Soujourner Carte-de-visite of Sojourner Truth

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09082 Author/Creator: Truth, Soujourner Place Written: s.l. Type: Photographs Date: 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Caption on mount reads :"I sell the Shadow to Support the Substance. Sojourner Truth." Copyright stamp on verso

People: Truth, Sojourner, ca. 1797-1883.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Slavery, Reform Movement, Abolition, Photography, African American History, Women's History

Sub Era: The American Civil War