Harper invites her white female Christian audience into visualizing the desperation a mother and son feel when they are being separated. The fact that her audience is forced to hear, and see the lament full situation of the slave mother helps to provoke their own internal sadness and pain. More importantly, her audience would be full of grief because they would be forced to see that these slaves are human beings, who express emotions like despair. One thing to remember is that historically some
Jacobs directs her account of the afflictions a woman is subjected to in the chain of slavery to women of the north to gain sympathy for their sisters that were enslaved in the south. In showing this, Jacobs reveals the danger of such self disapprobation women maintained by accepting the idealized role that men have set a goal for which to strive. She suggests that slave women be judged by different standards than those applied to other women. Jacobs develops a moral code that apprises the specific social and historical position of captive black women. Jacobs’ will power and strength shown in her narrative are characteristics of womanly behavior being developed by the emerging feminist movement.
Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I Woman In the speech “Ain’t I a Woman”, the Sojourner Truth delivered during the Women’s Convention of 1851, she speaks on the injustices that women and colored people endured during that horrible time in America. I will make an effort to explore the ways she utilizes rhetorical methods as a means to accomplish a victorious and compelling delivery of her message. In this analysis, I will talk about the way Sojourner draws on her own individual experiences evoke an emotional reaction from her audience, relating with the women and mothers equally. She also utilizes repetitive and rhetorical questioning in hopes to counter challenging opinions for gender equality. In the conclusion of her speech, Sojourner makes biblical allusions during her speech to relate with her Christian listeners and allowing the audience to relate with the message on a deeper level.
Jacobs showed how during a time that should be filled with celebration, was rather filled with the ripping apart of families for slaves. Jacobs used this tactic to force Northern women to sympathize with the life a slave must endure and make Northern women contemplate how they would feel if the roles were reversed. Using her various tactics, Jacobs’s narrative was very effective in gaining attention from Northern women. By acknowledging some humane slaveholders, sharing the shocking abuse slaves endured, and comparing New Year’s Day for slaves as opposed to whites, Jacobs’s narrative informed many Northern women of the horrific conditions in the South. As a result, her narrative provoked many Northern women to aid in the fight against slavery.
It mostly concentrates on the emotional viewpoints on it and what it did to shape who she is. When writing her story, Jacobs had a clear motive. Her motive was one of a political taking. She writes through her experiences and sufferings to make it clear to people, mainly the Northerners, and more specifically white women in the North, how slavery really is. She does not want sympathy, however, she does want "to arouse the women in the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women of the South, still in bondage" (460).
The desire to be heard and treated equally was something numerous women shared. Astonishing women like, Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Grimke sisters became prominent leaders in the abolitionist movement and made a pathway in history by initiating speeches, participating in female politics and supporting their personal opinions of women’s rights through religious doctrines. Sojourner Truth, an African American woman and former slave, fights a double war within winning her rights. The fact that Truth is an African American female put an addition strain on her journey. Truth traveled thousands of miles giving speeches against slavery and for women’s rights.
One of the most powerful inspirational women that made a difference was Angelina Grimke. Angelina Grimke was a southern abolitionist and was one of the first women in America to take a stand up against slavery yet she persuaded many people into helping the slaves get rights. She persuaded women by stating that “1st. You can read on this subject. 2d You can pray over this subject.
We can connect to other women because we have those feelings as well. Feelings like these is why we have the Feminist movement because as strong women it is our job to stand up for others who can’t stand for themselves and give support to woman in situations that are unfair. With this many people know about the Feminist movement but not many can explain what the Black Feminist movement is and what the difference is. I too, could not conclude what the difference was or why there was a separation of movements but as I continued throughout the course, African Diaspora and the World, I made connections to why it was important to separate these two movements. The Black Feminist movement is a movement that has been going for many years all the way back to slavery, in this I will analyze the reasons why this movement is important and what is the purpose of separating the two feminist movements.
As she stated, slavery is de-constructive to all who surround it. It tears apart families; not just families raised in slavery, but the master's family as well. How could the free men and women of the north remain silent while such a great atrocity is still in practice? Brent confronts her reader one on one in order to reemphasize her point. She uses the family and sentiment to appeal to and challenge the 19th century white women reader in order to effectively gain their support in the movement for abolition.
When her son was sold south, a place where there is practically no escape from slavery, she prayed to God, fought a legal battle, and won. After she won, her son was safe from southern slavery. It was her faith that often gave her the strength to fight against oppression. While speaking in front of abolitionists, Truth asked why white people “hate” black people so much. Truth threatened that should whites be unable to answer; they would someday have to answer before God.