The Resource Enduring Truths : Sojourner's shadows and substance, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Enduring Truths : Sojourner's shadows and substance, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby

Label
Enduring Truths : Sojourner's shadows and substance
Title
Enduring Truths
Title remainder
Sojourner's shadows and substance
Statement of responsibility
Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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"--
Assigning source
Publisher's description
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
ICU/DLC
Dewey number
  • 306.3/62092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Enduring Truths : Sojourner's shadows and substance, Darcy Grimaldo Grigsby
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • SCO
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
23 x 29 cm
Extent
x, 229 pages
Isbn
9780226192130
Isbn Type
(hb)
Lccn
2014038311
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color)
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
1/817441
System control number
(OCoLC)890757407

Library Locations

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