The Civil War And Reconstruction Eras Essay

1329 Words Nov 21st, 2016 6 Pages
During the civil war and reconstruction eras, America’s main concern was giving rights to people of color. In the chaos the country forgot that women need rights too. In today’s society, women and people of color have the same rights as white men, but unfortunately there is still an issue of equality and justice. In theory we are all the same, but in practice, white men still have all the power. This is why literature concerning these issues is as relevant today as it was in the mid-1800s. The speeches “Ain’t I a Woman?”, “What Time of Night It Is”, and “Keeping the Thing Going while Things Are Stirring” by Sojourner Truth and the autobiography Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs discuss the critical combination of racial and gender equality. Sojourner Truth and Harriet Jacobs are former slaves and are credible, trustworthy speakers on the topics of race and gender, but because of their different experiences, they tackle the issues from different angles. Jacobs seems to speak on racial and slave issues from a woman’s perspective, whereas Truth speaks on women’s issues from the perspective of a former slave. The main idea that separates Jacobs’ work from that of Truth is her emphasis on the animosity between white southern women and black slaves, whereas Truth presents the two classes of women as a united front on a mission for equality. In her autobiography, Jacobs takes on a more critical tone when writing about southern white women because, in her…

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