Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, And Frederick Douglass

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When a group of people get together, with the same wants and needs, they become so motivated that they will not be stopped by anyone to change what must be changed. Throughout the mid 1800’s, to the mid 1900’s, black men and women, along with white women, were all struggling to change what they believed was wrong. While white women and African Americans both struggled to have equality with white men. Historic leaders like Sojourner Truth, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Frederick Douglass, are only three people, but influenced an entire nation to help make a great changes. In Sojourner Truth’s speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”, Truth speaks out about women’s equality. Truth tells her audience, “And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman?” (2). Sojourner Truth is telling the crowd that men aren’t even on the same level as women. During this time period women were looked at as dainty, and sub-men, but Truth explains to the audience that women are definitely equal, if not greater, than men. Truth proves women are equal to men once again by stating that, “... he says women can't have as much rights as men, ‘cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from?... From God and a woman!” (2). Truth uses a great tool here to grab her audience's’ attention. By tying religion, a credible topic, to her argument of equality, she practically squashes any doubt in the

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