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Author Grigsby, Darcy Grimaldo, author.

Title Enduring Truths : Sojourner's shadows and substance / Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby.

Publication Info. Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2015.


Location Call No. Status
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 TRUTH,S GRI    Available
Description x, 229 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 x 29 cm
text rdacontent
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents pt. I. The early cartes de visite. Truth in Indiana 1861 ; Truth as Libyan Sibyl ; Truth in Michigan 1863 -- pt. II. Shadows and substance. Truth's captioned cartes de visite after 1864 ; Shadows and chemistry -- pt. III. Texts and circulating paper. Truth's illiteracy ; Truth's copyright ; Money and the Civil War -- pt. IV. Collecting and the late photographs. Album politics ; Truth's last portraits 1881-83.
Summary "Runaway slave Sojourner Truth gained fame in the nineteenth century as an abolitionist, feminist, and orator and earned a living partly by selling photographic carte de visite portraits of herself at lectures and by mail. Cartes de visite, similar in format to calling cards, were relatively inexpensive collectibles that quickly became a new mode of mass communication. Despite being illiterate, Truth copyrighted her photographs in her name and added the caption "I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance. Sojourner Truth." Featuring the largest collection of Truth's photographs ever published, Enduring Truths is the first book to explore how she used her image, the press, the postal service, and copyright laws to support her activism and herself. Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby establishes a range of important contexts for Truth's portraits, including the strategic role of photography and copyright for an illiterate former slave; the shared politics of Truth's cartes de visite and federal banknotes, which were both created to fund the Union cause; and the ways that photochemical limitations complicated the portrayal of different skin tones. Insightful and powerful, Enduring Truths shows how Truth made her photographic portrait worth money in order to end slavery--and also became the strategic author of her public self"-- Publisher's description.
Subject Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883.
African American women abolitionists -- United States -- Biography.
Truth, Sojourner, 1799-1883 -- Portraits.
African American women abolitionists -- Portraits.
ISBN 9780226192130 (hardcover : alk. paper)
022619213X (hardcover : alk. paper)

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