African American Lit Essay

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Shanikwa Cohran

Professor Allen

Eng. 2202-010

October 19, 2014

So What.. It's a Man's World

"It's a Man's World" is a very powerful statement that many people have used to make it clear that women are meant to be seen and not heard. There were two ladies that did not agree with the treatment of African American women in their time. Sojourner Truth and Maria Stewart are the ladies that I have learned to admire for the courage to speak and use their gift of literature to address this matter. These ladies both wrote a great piece of literature that may not have changed the problem right then, but it left an impact on the readers and listeners to help or at least try. Every woman deserves to be treated equal regardless of her race.

Isabella Baumfree (Sojourner Truth) was born into slavery around 1797 in Hurley, New York.

She was sold at the age of 11 for only one hundred dollars and a flock of sheep. As a young girl, she experienced brutal sexual and physical abuse from her slave master. She fell in love with a slave named Robert. They got married and had a beautiful daughter named Diana. The slave master was not pleased and did not approve of their union, so he separated them. They never saw each other again. She was forced to marry an older slave named Thomas. They had children together as well. She became fed up with the harsh treatment that she took matters in her own hand. She gain her freedom in 1826, or we can say it was more like she took her freedom when she escaped and fled from her master and slavery with her baby girl Sophia. She left behind her other children with Thomas. A year...