sojourn records

I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance. Sojourner Truth (1864). Albumen print carte-de-viste from the ICP’s Cowin Collection of African-American Vernacular Photography

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883), born Isabella Baumfree to a family of slaves in Ulster County, New York, escaped with her daughter in 1826, a year before New York state’s emancipation. After living in a commune, she converted to Christianity, changed her name in 1843, and became an itinerant preacher. The publication of the Narrative of Sojourner Truth, recorded in 1850 by her friend Olive Gilbert, and “Sojourner Truth: The Libyan Sibyl,” written by Harriet Beecher Stowe for the Atlantic Monthly in 1863, raised Truth’s national profile. She toured with abolitionists Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison and earned money from these speaking engagements as well as from the sale of images. As demonstrated by the inclusion of text on her cartes-de-visite, Truth actively controlled the dissemination of her image as a proper, educated, middle-class woman to support herself and her activist work. An ardent feminist, Truth often had herself represented proudly engaged in “women’s work,” such as knitting.

What Just Happened

>Write a fake portion of an article talking about Abrahamic religion as though it’s a group of fandoms based around a trilogy of books.

‘Kay. That was fun! I do love this religious history stuff.

>Tag it #religion and #christianity. It has to do with both of those, right?

So it does. Taggin’ up!

>Get followed by tumblr of Christian Rock group.

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Wait, what?

>They’re obviously just searching for the #christianity or #religion tag and following anyone who writes something with those tags. They want publicity and follow-backs.

That can’t be very productive. Can’t they recognize humor when they read it?

>Obviously not.

I’m an atheist! And besides that, I don’t even like Christian Rock!

>Write a tumblr post about it.

Done.