So Tall Within:
Sojourner Truth's Long Walk Toward Freedom
by Gary D. Schmidt ill Daniel Minter
A sympathetic couple protected her and helped her start a life as a free woman. Changing her name to Sojourner Truth, she commenced on a life-long mission to speak truth. Traversing the United States, she became a popular speaker at camp meetings and other gatherings, denouncing the evils of slavery wherever she went. Before, during, and after the Civil War she courageously walked across the country, advocating for the rights of women and African Americans.
With poetic eloquence, Schmidt pens a moving tribute to the life and influence of Sojourner Truth. The introductory phrase for the first eight sections of Schmidt’s narrative begins with the words “In Slavery Time,” and describes the life of the enslaved where “Respect fell as often as snow in July.”