In the 1800-1900’s white women were expected to behave in subservient manners to their husbands. Husbands were often referred to as the master of the home. Women were merely there to tend to men’s needs. It was as bad, worse for African American women. African American women were forced in slavery. Each race endured many abuses emotional, metal and physical. Each of these literacy works demonstrated how women were suppressed in the 1800’s.
Sojourner Truth was born into slavery in New York State. After gaining her freedom in 1827, she became a well-known anti-slavery speaker. One of her most famous speeches/poems is Ain't I a Woman? Ms. Truth was devoted to equality.
“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 part of the poem 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 joining of white and black together makes her speech appeal to a greater audience. “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?” This section of the poem appeals to the men in the audience. It compares what the average white American man does and what the average African American woman does. The similarities between the two enforce the idea that women in America are just as worthy of respect and deserve to have the same rights as men. It makes the women in the audience think of other instances their life when they have possibly been discriminated against in some way or another.
The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin demonstrates how women were often forced to live by a man’s ruling. Upon hearing of her husband’s accident Mrs. Mallards starts crying wildly. It is not until the passage” When she abandoned herself a little whispered word escaped her slightly parted lips....