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My Name Is Truth: The Life of Sojourner Truth

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Inspirational and informative intro to an American hero.

Book Ann Turner Biography 2015
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The text is stylized with African-American colloquialisms and colored with vivid imagery and poetic rhythm. James Ransom's watercolor illustrations are gorgeous and evocative, maintaining a tone of hope even in the story's darkest moments. These examples of the cruelty and insensitivity that African Americans often suffered in that era reveal the grotesqueness of racism and the continued importance of a deep societal commitment to social justice and ending discrimination.

Equal parts painful and powerful, My Name Is Truth sheds light on an important leader and one of the most troubling chapters of United States history.

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