Timed Writing - Sojourner Truth

Sojourner gave this speech in the year of 185 at the Women\'s Rights Convention. Sojourner Truth gave her speech to address her views on women\'s rights and to advocate equal rights of men and women everywhere. Specifically the rights of African American women. Truth accomplished this by utilizing the rhetorical devices: pathos, logos, ethos, allusion, juxtaposition, anaphora, and pinpointing the enemy.

Truth uses her upbringing as a slave in her speech, using slang and informal words like, "Seen" and "Honey." Truth also uses illiterate phrases like "But what\'s all this here talking about?" and "Ain\'t I a woman?" This use of causal language helped the African American audience members connect with the moral of her speech.


Truth uses pathos when she discusses her motherhood, "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!" This segment of the speech connects with all of the mothers in the audience. It allows them to connect on a deep emotional level with not only the African American mothers, but the white mothers as well. This aids in the two races coming together.

In the end, Truth new what to do and what to say in order for every to understand and agree with her message.