Speech For Rights: Digital Analysis

Equal rights speech

About this speech

Title: Speech to the American Equal Rights Association

Author: Sojourner Truth

Date: May 9, 1867

Location: New York, New York

Audience: This speech addresses the American Equal Rights Association. She addresses them as its her friends because that's what it is for. Her friends, family, and even people she didn't know is the reason why she stood up. She wanted to make sure before she passed that everyone had equal rights.

Main Ideas: Women Rights

Specifically

  • Colored women rights
  • Women in courts
  • Women treated different then men

"There is a great stir about colored men getting their rights, but not a word about the colored women; and if colored men get their rights, and not colored women theirs, you see the colored men will be masters over the women, and it will be just as bad as it was before.

So I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring; because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to got it going again…I want you to consider on that, chil'n I call you chil'n; you are somebody's chil'n and I am old enough to be mother of all that is here. I want women to have their rights. In the courts women have no right, no voice; nobody speaks for them. I wish woman to have her voice there among the pettifoggers. If it is not a fit place for women, it is unfit for men to be there."

Organization

Figurative Language

"I am above eighty years old; it is about time for me to be going. I have been forty years a slave and forty years free, and would be here forty years more to have equal rights for all. I suppose I am kept here because something remains for me to do, I suppose I am yet to help to break the chain. I have done a great deal of work; as much as a man, but did not get so much pay. I used to work in the field and bind grain, keeping up with the cradler; but men doing no more, got twice as much pay; so with the German women. They work in the field and do as much work, but do not got the pay. We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much."

  • Sojourner Truth uses repetition when says " forty years a slave, forty years free, forty years more to have equal right for all." It shows that she has been both a slave and free so it's time for equal right. It tells that with equal rights it would forty more years. It shows you that half of her life she was free and the other half she was a slave. She uses this to have you realize how long it took for slaves to be free.

Rhetorical Devices

"We are going home. There, children, in heaven we shall rest from all our labors; first do all we have to do here. There I am determined to go, not to stop short of that beautiful place, and I do not mean to stop till I get there, and meet you there, too."

  • Sojourner Truth uses pathos when she says " There, children, in heaven we shall rest from all our labors;" She uses this to show you that children work as slaves to. That they need to have equal rights. They need to grow up in a society that they know they are the same in ways as others. She uses pathos because it makes you sympathetic to the parents that lost their children because of them working to death.

Author's Purpose

Sojourner's purpose was to persuade the American Equal Rights Association to give rights to women. To gives rights to colored women. To give women the right to have a voice. So they can speak for what they want to. So they don't have to go to their husband's for money.

"So I am for keeping the thing going while things are stirring; because if we wait till it is still, it will take a great while to got it going again…I want you to consider on that, chil'n I call you chil'n; you are somebody's chil'n and I am old enough to be mother of all that is here. I want women to have their rights. In the courts women have no right, no voice; nobody speaks for them. I wish woman to have her voice there among the pettifoggers. If it is not a fit place for women, it is unfit for men to be there.

I am above eighty years old; it is about time for me to be going. I have been forty years a slave and forty years free, and would be here forty years more to have equal rights for all. I suppose I am kept here because something remains for me to do, I suppose I am yet to help to break the chain. I have done a great deal of work; as much as a man, but did not get so much pay. I used to work in the field and bind grain, keeping up with the cradler; but men doing no more, got twice as much pay; so with the German women. They work in the field and do as much work, but do not got the pay. We do as much, we eat as much, we want as much.

I suppose I am about the only colored woman that goes about to speak for the rights of the colored women. I want to keep the thing stirring, now that the ice is cracked. What we want is a little money. You men know that you get as much again as women when you write, or for what you do. When we get our rights we shall not have to come to you for money, for then we shall have money enough in our own pockets; and may be you will ask us for money. But help us now until we get it. It is a good consolation to know that when we have got this battle once fought we shall not be coming to you any more. You have been having our rights so long, that you think, like a slave-holder, that you own us. I know that it is hard for one who has held the reins for so long to give up; it cuts like a knife. It will feel all the better when it closes up again. I have been in Washington about three years, seeing about these colored people. Now colored men have the right to vote. There ought to be equal rights now more than ever, since colored people have got their freedom. I am going to talk several times while I am here; so now I will do a little singing. I have not heard any singing since I came here."

Real World Connections

Women Rights 1860s vs. 2016

Sojourner's speech to the American Equal Rights Association and the equal rights for women can be compared to the women not having a say in where they can feed their children. This is something that women have a right to but since so many think it is nasty and should be somewhere that is not public it has to same concept to Sojourner Truth's speech. This is a right or women to feed their children. It is natural just like women having rights are.