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Sojourner Truth

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Sojourner Truth

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Argument, History, Women's Studies

At a Glance

At the Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio, in 1851, Sojourner Truth responds to male speakers who considered women to be weaker than men, less intelligent than men, and placed below men by God. Truth uses her physical strength, her experiences, and her reason to refute their arguments and claim womanhood for women of color and those in poverty. Transcriptions of the speech were published in several forms and used as part of the abolitionist (antislavery) cause. Sojourner Truth's powerful speech remains one of the best examples of the voice of black women during the 19th-century push for women's rights.

About the Title

The title of the speech "Ain't I a Woman?" is a rhetorical question—a question intended to create drama or make a point rather than elicit an answer. Sojourner Truth employs this persuasive device to force her audience to consider the place of women of color within the feminist movement.


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