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In an ever changing world , the evolution of man has been the
most drastic in terms of technological, environmental, and
emotional advancement. With great expansions in the various
areas mentioned earlier the human being has ignored the very
entity of there existence, and the power of reasoning, the
ability to comprehend right from wrong without distortion. The
Narrative of Sojourner Truth illustrates the hardships that were
endured: enslavement, illiteracy, underclassing, brutal
assaults, and murders. The African -American women were
classed as third rate in the human scale that was implemented by
the slaveowners; categorized under the whites, then under the
African-American males. The African-American women were kept in
good standing for the convenience of child bearing.
Overburdened with the trials and tribulations of slavery
Sojourner Truth was able to prosper with spiritual beliefs.
Sojourner Truth's stability was made possible by a strong
belief in the Holy Spirit. God was the major source of guidance,
and willpower from the commencement of the slave trade until the
emancipation of slavery. Slavery was orchestrated on a mass
scale and caused the separation of many families in order to
ensure that slaves would remain with there respective masters.
Subservience to the slaveowners was considered to be sacred.
Slaves were mentally programmed to believe there masters were
gods. The wives of the slaveowners were seen as goddess's ,with
there prime intent on down playing the daily work done by the
African-American women. This was evident with Sojourner's first
slave mistress, the continuos work routine that was endure by
Sojourner, was difficult for males to accomplished. the slaves
loyal to there masters. Ignorance of the slaves was a pivotal
point in terms of loyalty. Considering slave knowledge was
limited, in terms of the genetic appearance, beliefs, and
language; slaveowners could use this in a condescending manner
to position themselves as gods in the eyes of Sojourner and
At this time she looked upon her master as a God; and believed
that he could see her at all times, even as God himself. 1
Female African-American's were kept from experiencing
any form of higher learning, they were confined to common
household chores- duties that were befitting of a maid. The
majority were sent to perform field duties. The Narrative
clearly shows that Sojourner (a.k.a.) Isabella was subjected to
this type of work throughout her adult life ,mean while her life
began to take shape despite the continuos curtailing of her
emotional growth. This is directly related to her mother's
early testimony about the highest spirits and the magnitude of
his power in relations to suffering and distressing situations.
" My children there is a God, who hears and sees
you", A God, mau-mau! where does he live? asked the children.
"He lives in the sky," she replied, "and when you are beaten ,or
cruelly treated, or fall into any trouble, you must ask help of
him, and he will always hear and help you." She taught them to
keel and say the Lord's prayer. 2
Underclassing exploited the African American women
for the most part Sojourner was rated second class by the wife
of her slavemaster, the master was very appreciative of the
slave that would work for days upon days without sleep. Unlike
any other slave Sojourner would work whole heartedly without any
form of hesitation. In terms of views of various work loads, and
different job types, a local. Although Sojourner was highly
noted as a slave she was always sited as something that was
irrespectfull of a human.
It was a fine triumph for Sojourner and her master, and
she became more ambitious than ever to please him; and he
stimulated her ambition by his commendation, and by boasting of
her to his friends, telling them that "that wench " (pointing to
Isabel) is better to me than a man- for she will do a good
family's washing in the night, and be ready in the morning to go
into the field, where she will do as much at raking and binding
as my best hands". 3
Sojourner's work ethics were adopted without the incentive
of monetary gain or ownership of land.
Payment was the continuance of life, chances to have children
and see them grow as Sojourner did in her case. The
underclassing of the African-American women in this Narrative
represents the disruption in the natural reoccurring process of
the family unit staying together as one.
African-American women were viewed as no comparison to white
women, major problems arose when the women would try to
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