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In 1851 many Northern clergymen and Christian women who were members of a liberal and progressive society met to hear this famous speech by Sojourner Truth She believed that women should be active members of society that they leave their private spheres and face the world She also believed strongly that women should be entitled to the same rights and privileges that men had at that time She was so bold in her speaking that it has been said at a conference one man proclaimed there is no way this could be a woman because only a man can speak like that Subsequently she proceeded to rip open her shirt and show that she really was a woman after all This proved women could speak publicly just as well as men She begins this speech with calling her audience children not because she thought highly of herself or of her intellect for that matter She was incredibly straight-forward and blunt She may have referred to them as children because she was an older woman and had been through many trials They were also bickering and had much to learn from someone with wisdom Her down-home attitude was reflected in her dialogue which was not quite what one would call standard English It just showed her audience her beliefs had come from experience not schooling She was there to inform them of the conflict that she felt was very apparent Because she wouldnt wish to contradict her own arguments to prove her point more effectively she listed examples that she felt contradicted each other Men said women were too delicate they must be over protected This was a contradiction to the conditions she faced while she was a slave At one point she rolled up her sleeve to showed off her muscles this was to prove that she was as strong as any man To appeal to the audiences logic she cleverly
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