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Unknown Truth, Sojourner.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06391.20 Author/Creator: Unknown Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Photographs Date: 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Printed inscription on recto: "I sell the shadow to support the substance. Sojourner Truth." Blue two-cent tax stamp and pencil inscription "11902" on verso. Full length standing portrait with walking stick. White mount with gold border.

People: Truth, Sojourner.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

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

Sub Era: The American Civil War African Americans and Emancipation