Week One: January 4-8
Week One: January 4-8
Read J. Elizabeth Jones' "The Wrongs of Women," 1850, and Sojourner Truth's 1851 "Ain't I a Woman?" speech. Analyze the text of both speeches and answer the following questions.
- On what does Jones base her demand for the recognition of women?
- To what other group does she compare her demand for equality?
- How Does Jones use the term "women's Wrongs"?
- What does Truth's speech have in common with Jones' speech?
- How do theses speeches differ?
After reading both speeches, conducting independent research, and watching the video, write a one-page essay to answer the essential questions. Be sure to cite your sources appropriately using APA 7 guidelines and the course syllabus's writing rubric.
Submit your essay to the Dropbox, attach it to your ePortfolio, and share your product with your small group. Next, collaborate with your small group and produce a ppt presentation that compares and contrasts the Jone's and Truth's speeches.
Remember to include all names on the production, and everyone should be prepared to discuss the differences in the live discussion forum.
There is not, perhaps, in the wide field of reform, any one subject so difficult to discuss as that of Woman’s Rights. I use the term “Woman’s Rights,” because it is a technical phrase. I like not the expression. It is not Woman’s Rights of which I design to speak, but of Woman’s Wrongs. I shall claim nothing for our-selves because of our sex-I shall demand the recognition of no rights on the ground of our womanhood. In the contest which is now being waged in behalf of the enslaved colored man in this land, I have yet to hear the first word in favor of his rights as a colored man; the great point which is sought to be established in this, that the colored. man is a human being, and as such, entitled to the free exercise of all the rights which belong to humanity. And we should demand our recognition as equal members of the human family; as persons to whom pertain all the rights which grow out of our relations to God, and to each other, as human beings; and when this point is once established, the term “Woman’s Rights” will become obsolete, for none will entertain the idea that the rights of women differ from the rights of men. It is then human rights for which we contend.
Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Ain't I A Woman?
Women's Rights Convention, Old Stone Church (since demolished), Akron, Ohio
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.