Ain´t I a Women?: Sojourner Truth´s Speech on Women´s Rights Essay

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Ain’t I a Woman? Sojourner Truth delivered a speech that is commonly known as “Ain’t I a Woman?” in extemporaneous way at a women’s convention in 1851. Sojourner Truth delivered this speech after obtaining her freedom, which made her to be renowned as an anti-slavery speaker. The publicity of Sojourner Truth because of the speech was attributed to the fact that it was delivered during the Civil War in the United States. While this speech was not initially known through any title, it was reported in two newspapers. Notably, the speech was given this title when Frances Gage published a different version of it mainly because of the often repeated question. As a result, Gage’s publication became the most recorded version across various…show more content…
During late 1840s, Sojourner Truth became connected with the abolitionist movement where she became a popular preacher. She started speaking on woman suffrage in 1850, which culminated in the delivery of her most popular speech, Ain’t I a Woman? during an Ohio women’s rights convention. As previously mentioned, the main emphasis of Sojourner Truth’s speech was to analyze the impact of the civil rights movement, feminist movements that stretched to the 1970s, and racism and sexism on black women. Consequently, Truth campaigned for women to have equal rights as men because her findings of the analysis. One of the reasons Truth believed that women should have equal rights is because the events of this period forced black women to have the lowest status and worst situations as compared to any other group in the United States society. The main events during this period that resulted in the bad experiences of black women in America are the convergence of racism and sexism as well as slavery. Secondly, slavery had become a controversial issue in the young nation and was condemned by many people who wanted all slaves to be freed. Therefore, giving all women equal rights to men would be considered as a major step towards ending slavery (Brezina, p.7). Third, the widespread inequality that characterized this
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