Sojourner Truth

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Sojourner Truth (1797- 1883) (Wikimedia Commons)

Some inspiring extracts from Sojourner Truth website at http://www.sojournertruth.org/Default.htm :

Ain´t i a Woman

“And ar’n’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! [And here she bared her right arm to the shoulder, showing her tremendous muscular power] ” I have ploughed, and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ar’n’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man — when I could get it — and bear de lash as well! And ar’n’t’ I a woman? I have borne thirteen chilern *, and seen ’em mos’ all sold off the slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ar’n’t I a woman?

“Den dey talks ’bout dis ting in de head; what dis dey call it?” “Intellect,” whispered someone near. “Dat’s it, honey. What’s dat got to do wid womin’s rights or nigger’s rights? If my cup won’t hold but a pint, and yourn holds a quart, wouldn’t ye be mean not to let me have my little half-measure full?” And she pointed her significant finger, and sent a keen glance at the minister who had made the argument. The cheering was long and loud.

“Den dat little man in black dar, he say women can’t have as much rights as men, ’cause Christ wan’t a woman! Whar did your Christ come from?”

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http://www.sojournertruth.org/Default.htm

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