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Analysis and explanation of Sojourner Truth’s Speech of 1851, ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ and Susan B. Anthony’s speech of 1873 ‘On women’s right to vote’

This paper will examine two speeches by women of the 19th century, namely Sojourner Truth’s Speech of 1851, ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’ and Susan B. Anthony’s speech of 1873 ‘On women’s right to vote’. Both speeches were notable for their time as coming from women in the public sphere. The speeches will be examined in turn before a more general conclusion about the overall effect of both will end the paper.