The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Department of English

Sojourner Truth (Isabella), "Ain't I A Woman"

  1. Who was Sojourner Truth? Why didn't she record her own speech? Under what circumstances was this speech delivered?
  2. What are some differences between the two versions, one published in Anti-Slavery Bugle in 1851 and the second included by Frances Gage in her Narrative of Sojourner Truth in 1878? Which do you think may more closely approximate her speech?
  3. What aspects of her speech do you think impressed her audience so favorably? What are some features of her rhetoric? What basic points does she make?
  4. How does Truth link the anti-slavery and woman suffrage movements?

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