Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman” speech

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Sojourner Truth was an amazing woman who lived an extraordinary life.

Her famous speech given in Ohio in 1851 is a simple yet eloquent argument on the equality of the sexes.

There is a bit of controversy, however, as two versions have been recorded, one during the convention, a second a few years later.

The second version is the widely known speech. It is notable though that the second version is in a southern-style dialect which is not how the native New Yorker who only spoke Dutch for her early years talked.

We have included both and encourage adding questions to the assignment we have included for your classroom use.

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  1. [...] the Social Studies and History Teacher’s Blog. To begin I looked at the February post titled Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman” speech. This got me thinking about primary sources. This famous speech was given twice, once at a [...]


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