Professor Africa Fine
15 February 2015
Research Paper 1: Slavery and Freedom
Slavery is an inhumane event in the history of the human species which should never be forgotten. As people of different color came together as a collective and rallied together to change the views of those who were pro-slavery would shape the way for future generations. People would work together to amount to great discoveries and it would not possible if minds were segregated because of the color of skin.
Sojourner Truth compares her physical physic and that of a man’s to which she states “I could work as much and eat as much as man (when I can get it), and bear de lash as well – and ar’n’t I a woman?” (Sojourner 180). Being able to work as much as a man and take punishment as much as a man, why shouldn’t she a women, have the same rights as a man. Truth demands to her audience to look at her as she unveils her arm to emphasize her muscular power to empower her claim that she can work as much as a man. Truth ends most of her personal anecdotes with “ar’n’t I woman” throughout her speech as rhetorical question to her audience to engage with those she spoke to. To further engage with her audience, Sojourner effectively brings religion in to her speech by referencing Eve. “if women upset the world, do give her to set it right side up again”(Sojourner 180). Women as a collective need to stand up for their gender to end the gender inequality of the time, by working together they would be able to set the world right. Sojourner is able to move her message through her audience by repeatedly stating “ar’n’t I a women” to further empower her speech.
Patsy was a slave that all slave owners would have wanted, she was a “queen of the fi...
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...ferent color coming together as a collective is a major factor that dissolved slavery, it would teach the world of today that as a collective, people of all different colors can change the world.
Gates, Henry Louis, and Nellie Y. McKay. "My Bondage and My Freedom." The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. N. pag. Print.
Gates, Henry Louis, and Nellie Y. McKay. "Our Nig." The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. N. pag. Print.
Gates, Henry Louis, and Nellie Y. McKay. "Twelve Years A Slave." The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. N. pag. Print.
Truth, Sojourner. "Ar 'n 't I a Women." The Norton Anthology of African American Literature. By Henry Louis Gates and Nellie Y. McKay. New York: W.W. Norton, 1996. N. pag. Print.
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