Sojourner Truth, Ain't I a Woman?
Ain’t I a Woman is the title of a speech, delivered by the author Sojourner Truth. She was brought up in slavery in the state of New York. After she attained freedom, Sojourner became a popular anti-slavery speaker. The Ain’t I a Woman speech was delivered at a women’s convention in Ohio in 1851, and initially had no title. It was headlined in two modern newspapers, and a copy was published in 1853 (McKissack and McKissack, p.62). The Ain’t I a Woman speech gained popularity in 1863 at the time of the Civil war in America when Frances Dana Barker Gage produced a revised version, which was named Ain’t I a Woman because of it’s recurrence of the question.
Picture a preacher; one who preaches brimstone and fire with a colossal amount of passion and emotion. One who enthralls the believers and makes them rectify their vile ways. Within the precincts of Ain’t I a Woman? the author exemplifies the passion and ferocity of one of the bigheaded prophets. Sojourner’s words of knowledge concerning women’s privileges and rights, slave women specifically, speak of her distressed encounters and the prejudices she experienced daily. An immense part of the reason that Sojourner’s speech is so influential is the fact that she uses a tremendously robust tone. Her energy denotes that she is quite fervent for her cause, and transmits the same zealousness to the audience through direct and simple sentences. Sojourner’s main goal in the entire essay is to illustrate how she is equivalent to any man that might convey otherwise. A sentence such as; “Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me!”(Truth and Kennedy, p. 23) simply shows the audience that she is ...
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...women to get out of men’s prejudice. Sojourner also attempts to make it clear to all women are not fragile and should not be perceived as wealth by men. The author is a strong believer of the saying; what a man can do a woman can do better, hence her frequent persuasion of equal rights and privileges for both women and men.
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