Sojourner Truth: “Life is a hard battle anyway…


“Life is a hard battle anyway. If we laugh and sing a little as we fight the good fight of freedom, it makes it all go easier. I will not allow my life’s light to be determined by the darkness around me.”

– Sojourner Truth

Vintage sepia-tone photograph of Sojourner Truth, an African-American woman, sitting with her knitting work. She wears a mid-19th century dress with a white head wrap and spectacles. She appears composed and gazes directly at the camera, embodying a sense of dignity and resolve. There is a caption at the bottom of the image that reads, 'I sell the shadow to support the substance. Sojourner Truth.
Sojourner Truth


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Sojourner Truth: “‘Life is a hard battle anyway…’” source: portrait taken in 1864 – National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (