Analysis Of Sojourner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower And John F. Kennedy

1157 Words May 4th, 2016 5 Pages
America, as a whole, has had several moments in time where it needed to move forward as a nation. Many of those times the process was either started or accelerated by a speech. Over the history of America, many of its great and influential leaders gave a speech to unite its people of America to a specific cause or bring forth an issue in the world. Although, all of the most influential speeches were not all given by rich and powerful men, but instead people that weren’t afraid to speak up. Most of the more well-known speeches were combined into, Essential American Documents and Speeches Volume One and Two. Of the numerous amount of the speeches in the two books, the five different speeches given by Sojourner Truth, Abraham Lincoln, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ulysses S. Grant, and John F. Kennedy’s impacted America the most. One of the greatest speeches that brought the issue of black women to light was, “Ain’t I a Women”, by Sojourner Truth, she gave this powerful speech by comparing her own actions with those of a man. Sojourner saw the issue that she and the rest of black women, though they were female, did not have the same opportunities as a white female. When bringing up this issue she approaches it tenderly because, understandably, it was a fragile area to argue. Her argument was very factual, it starts with her own actions, “I have plowed and reaped and husked and chopped and mowed,” or, in other words, she has done what any man has had to do to survive. Truth then…

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