Students, below you will find the speech Ain’t I A Woman? Please familiarize yourself with themessage in it as well as the...
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Sojourner Truth's Ain't I A Woman
(women suffrage)

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  1. 1. Students, below you will find the speech Ain’t I A Woman? Please familiarize yourself with themessage in it as well as the author. It will probably be referenced on both the End of Coursetest in December as well as the common assessment. You will need to keep a copy of this inyour notebook.Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Aint I A Woman?Delivered 1851Womens Convention, Akron, OhioWell, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out ofkilter. I think that twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, alltalking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But whats all thishere talking about?That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and liftedover ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me intocarriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And aint I a woman?Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered intobarns, and no man could head me! And aint I a woman? I could work as muchand eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! Andaint I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off toslavery, and when I cried out with my mothers grief, none but Jesus heard me!And aint I a woman?Then they talk about this thing in the head; whats this they call it? [member ofaudience whispers, "intellect"] Thats it, honey. Whats that got to do withwomens rights or negroes rights? If my cup wont hold but a pint, and yoursholds a quart, wouldnt you be mean not to let me have my little half measurefull?Then that little man in black there, he says women cant have as much rights asmen, cause Christ wasnt a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where didyour Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do withHim.If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upsidedown all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get itright side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner aint got nothing more tosay.