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Ain't I A Woman By Sojourner Truth

A speech given by Sojourner Truth in 1851, where she speaks about both, women and black’s rights. In Akron, Ohio, during a women’s right convention in 1851, Mrs. Truth expressed her thoughts on this subject. A very controversial pair of subjects that had no support from the government, and little from the people. There are a lot of points of the day Mrs. Truth brings out, that needed said. Even a non- feminist can agree with many of them. So what were the points she brought out, and how did they affect the lives of the people then? This will be discussed in light coverage in this essay.

Mrs. Truth, points out that among the men, the way they treat a woman, was not offered to the black women of the time. If a white woman was getting into a carriage, she had to be helped, but a black woman was left to her own. A white woman was helped over a mud puddle, but a black woman was left to fend for herself. Everything that was offered to a white woman, in the name of courtesy towards women, was held back for black women.

In effect Mrs. Truth showed how racist the north was towards the Blacks, just as the south was claimed. Sojourner showed how there was, in fact little difference, between the north and the south. Because in both, blacks were treated basically the same north or the south. But what she fails to mention is that in the North, if a Black found a job, the chances of finding a house was even harder. Many businesses did not want blacks working for them, and fewer landlords wanted to rent to a black family. So living on the streets was a common sight.

Mrs. Truth continued talking about the situation of the woman and the blacks. About how women were not looked at, as having intelligence, and Black rights was a dream that had not yet been experienced. She pointed out that even though women were treated as lower members of society, Blacks were lesser yet.In some ways almost mocking the women’s rights movement.

Mrs. Sojourner Truth, made a lot of points that were every valid. No matter what a person’s views of the woman’s right movement were. Sojourner put it in its place, compared to the rights, and the conditions of the Blacks of the time. She was a smooth talking, yet direct woman, that spoke her piece. And she said it with a direct grace that needed to be said at the time.