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When Harriet Met Sojourner

by Catherine Clinton

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Two women with similar backgrounds. Both slaves; both fiercely independent. Both great, in different ways. Harriet Tubman: brave pioneer who led her fellow slaves to freedom, larger than life . . . yearning to be free. Sojourner Truth: strong woman who spoke up for African American rights, tall as a tree . . . yearning to be free. One day in 1864, the lives of these two women came together. When Harriet Met Sojourner is a portrait of these two remarkable women, from their inauspicious beginnings to their pivotal roles in the battle for America's future.… (more)
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This is the story, the author writes, of “two strong, brave black women [who] wanted America to fulfill its promises to allow each and every American to be born free and live in a land of equal opportunity.”

Sojourner Truth was born to enslaved parents in New York around 1797 and named Isabella Bomefree. Harriet Tubman was born a slave in Maryland around 1825, named Araminta. The author tells readers about each of them and their experiences as slaves. When both of them managed to escape slavery, each of them took a new name, and both worked to help others gain their freedom.

The author recounts that they were both on speaking tours in Boston in 1864, and she speculates that they must have met. Whether they did or not, it provided the author an opportunity to share both of their life stories.

Shane Evans adds his glorious mixed-media collages to the story. The illustrations alone make the book worth perusing. ( )
  nbmars | Jan 26, 2021 |
Super great read and perfect for a history lesson plan on slavery and the Civil War. ( )
  fernanda24 | Jan 29, 2016 |
Summary
The book was about two people that experience slavery. Harriet and Sojourner are the two main characters. The book begins with a the little history background of Harriet's life in the Sojourner's life. Towards the end of the book the two famous figures finally meet. Even though it wasn't fully recorded what exactly was said you know that they had lots in common. These two characters escaped slavery to ultimate freedom.

Personal reaction
The story was amazing. It tells you how rough they had it and what it took for them to have their freedom. Illustrations in the book were wonderful and showed what happened during that time. The story really reminds you how much freedom we have today.

Classroom extension
1. The students can write a letter to either Harriet or Sojourner and ask them questions about their journey to freedom.
2. After reading the book to the class the teacher then can dive into a more specific topic about either the underground railroad or other famous figures of that time. ( )
  Kim_Riedmann12 | Apr 15, 2015 |
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This is the story of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth and how their paths crossed. It shows the struggle that both women and their families endured, and how they broke the chains of slavery and stood up for what’s right. Harriet was helping slaves flee to the north with the Underground Railroad, and Sojourner with her speeches on slavery and emancipation. The two women met in Boston in 1871, and although no one documented their chat, it must have been amazing!
Personal Reaction
This is a great book helping to show a more positive side of that time. It also helps to elaborate on things that are already being taught.
Classroom Extension
1. Make a freedom quilt together.
2. Also read about Harriet and the Underground Railroad.
  mnahardiman | Nov 11, 2014 |
This book is a true story about to women who were born slaves but died free and hero’s to many. The book narrates the lives of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth. Both women were born slaves but found their own ways to gain freedom. Truth went on to become an advocate for the rights of blacks and women. Tubman fled slavery and returned to the south many times to help other slaves make it to freedom. After the civil war Truth and Tubman met, because there were no notes about their meeting the writers of the book could only spectate on their meeting.

This is a great book about strong African Americans in history. This gives a positive message to black children and educates children of different races about history. This would be a great book to introduce a unit on the civil war.

1.) Use this book to introduce a unit on slavery or the civil war.

2.) Have an open discussion about slavery.
  MisMary | Apr 1, 2013 |
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Two women with similar backgrounds. Both slaves; both fiercely independent. Both great, in different ways. Harriet Tubman: brave pioneer who led her fellow slaves to freedom, larger than life . . . yearning to be free. Sojourner Truth: strong woman who spoke up for African American rights, tall as a tree . . . yearning to be free. One day in 1864, the lives of these two women came together. When Harriet Met Sojourner is a portrait of these two remarkable women, from their inauspicious beginnings to their pivotal roles in the battle for America's future.

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