Where are there comparisons between Jefferson's Declaration of Independence and "Ain't I a Woman" by Sojourner Truth.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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In my mind, one of the strongest points of comparison between Jefferson's work and Truth's work is that both of them seek to bring voice to a condition that has been effectively silenced.  Jefferson wishes to bring attention to the plight of the colonists.  Truth wishes to bring attention to the plight of being a woman of color in America.  Jefferson desires his own individual experience as a colonist to be understood by the universal public, a way of bringing the internal to the external.  In Truth's work, the same chord is evident in that she wishes to bring out a condition that has been marginalized to the periphery into the center.  Both works talk about the frustration of living a world that has endured hardship.  Jefferson's lists of grievances and Truth's exploration of her own pain such as child bearing as well as the condition of not being heard while pain from external forces is imposed ("None but Jesus heard me.")  I think that another arena of comparison is the reception both writings received.  People took note of both works, ensuring that both writers' primary motivation was accomplished.  In this, I think that a significant comparative element between both works is present.

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