“Ain’t I a Woman?” Words of a Woman Feminist and Activist


Sojourner Truth was an iconic African American activist who used speeches and poems to deliver powerful messages. She was born into slavery and during this era African Americans had no freedom. In her later years she became a Methodist, where she preached about abolishing slavery. Her two main goals were to act against laws of slavery and justify the importance of African American woman. Her very famous and well known speech, ” Ain’t I a woman?” reflects the ideas of feminism where she expresses her intolerance of belittlement by man. Her speech was a successful factor of nation’s mind suffering of belief and turmoil. Her arguments were firm and solid towards the many privileges man have, that women do not have in the government. Through her whole speech her main argument was women and men are equal. She uses an example of Christ born from God and God was born from a woman. She argues that men and women are seen equally even in the heavens. This was her way to justify her beliefs as an African American activist and also an abolitionist.She was fighting against two causes. To some one is bigger then the other, but Truth used a clever way to fight for both aspects through her life and speeches. Her other poem, On Woman’s Dress, speaks about women defying themselves and why their existence is so important on earth and to man kind. Her main argument is a women’s dress defines a woman. Overall, there are many great pioneers and leaders from history who have done many things to influence the stability in society, when such is referred to race. It’s safe to say Sojourner Truth was a strong African American woman and the most important thing was she embraced that fact. 

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