Ain't I A Women
Spoken By: Sojourner Truth
Sojourner Truth was born as Isabella Baumfree. She died at the age of 86 on November 26, 1883, she was born into slavery in New York. Sojourner was child to James and Elizabeth Baumfree and was one of ten to twelve children. She was sold at the age of nine years old for $100 to John Neely, and again when she was eleven to Martinus Schryver for $105 after was sold once more. She then fell in love with a older slave and had 5 kids; first one died when he was young.
What Was Happening During Her Speech?
During her famous speech "Ain't I A Women" the Civil War was going on. Truth helped the black troops after the war. She also tried to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves
Ain't I A Women
Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?
That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?
Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?
Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right 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 ain't got nothing more to say