The Slavery Of The Nineteenth Century Essay

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When people today consider the lives of the slaves of the nineteenth century it is likely that their thoughts would be focused on stereotypical southern plantation slaves. This picture is not all encompassing, however. Slave experiences differed across the south as well as between the north and south and produced a variety of different experiences. Sojourner Truth was born with the name Isabella Baumfree as a slave in upper New York. Truth was sold between a variety of masters, separated from her husband, and eventually escapes slavery in 1826 shortly before New York emancipated all of its slaves. After spending several years of taking care of her family, Truth began to speak as an advocate for abolition and women’s rights at conferences and events. Her speech When Woman Gets Her Rights Man Will Be Right was delivered at the annual meeting of the American Equal Rights Association in New York in 1867. By this time, even the slaves of the south have been effectively emancipated and the formerly enslaved have begun to search for equal rights beyond their basic freedom. Her audience is presumably thirsting for further progress so her speech serves to address her hopes for what is to come and for whom. She tells those in attendance of how she is not done battling for equal rights in the wake of emancipation. The issues she highlights are wage inequality and universal suffrage, which she puts into the broader context of the ultimate advantages of giving women the rights that they
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