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Gender inequality and
Racism has a significant position in the history of the United States and it
has been reducing throughout the nineteenth century and important advancements
towards gender equality and racism have been made. Though this advancement towards
gender equality was noteworthy in the history, the roots of gender inequality
and racism are still present in various forms. While talking about gender
inequality in the United States, some people are always remembered for their
contribution to the advancements of gender inequality. Sojourner Truth, an
abolitionist was one of the women who played a major role in demanding equal
rights for women.

Sojourner Truth who
came from a poor family background became the country’s most flamboyant
advocates of the rights of the African Americans and women. In 1851 she
attended the women’s rights convention in Ohio where she gave a speech on
women’s right which became the most unique and interesting speech of the
convention. The amount of persuasion in her speech is inexpressible and also it
is not possible to transfer those ideas to paper. After listening to her
speech, a strong relevance to her speech and understanding gender inequality in
American culture in the nineteenth century can be justified. She started her
speech by stating that women possess the same potentiality to resist as much
work as men do. Women are capable of doing the job role of a man and for such
reasons, society should never doubt their potential.

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However, during her
speech, she also considered it important to mention the amount of hard work she
did in her life as a slave and the sacrifices she made were enough to explain
that not only men but also women stand beside them at every stage of life. In
her speech she also responded to some myths such as women aren’t as powerful as
men, they are not as smart as men and religion say that women can’t have as
many rights as men have. While mentioning the power of a woman, Truth in her
speech asks that, “If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to
turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to
turn it back, and get it right side up again!”?(Norton Anthology, 802
volume B) by which she means that men and women are equally capable of
completing the task and should be fairly treated.  “And now they are asking to do it, the
men better let them.” (Norton Anthology, 802 volume B) explains us about
the rights of women to vote and make the country a better place.

Apart from gender
inequality racism has also been widespread in the United States in an early
nineteenth century. All the privileges including education, immigration, right
to vote, property ownership and various other things were in favor of white
Americans and in opposition to Native American, African American and other
minorities. David Walker, a famous abolitionist draws our attention whenever
there is a discussion on racism in the United States. In 1829, one of the most
significant social and political document “An Appeal to the Colored Citizens of
the World” was published by David Walker in Boston. In this document, he argues
for African Americans’ rights to freedom and dignity in the United States. In developing
his argument, he challenged assumptions about black inferiority, particularly
as set forth in Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia.       

David Walker’s Appeal
was successful in motivating and empowering the people who were involved in the
struggle for freedom. As the Blacks looked forward to removing the slavery and
racism from the roots, they helped the Blacks in the south as they were
suffering from racism and slavery. Apart from this, The Appeal also impacted
the northern states. While referring to some pages of this article, it can be
clearly observed that he challenged the issue of racism in the early 19th
century. Also, it is clearly seen that his intention was to target specific
groups who were sending the free blacks from the United States to a country in
Africa which is now known as Liberia.  He
was not ready to accept the assumption of white people in the United States
that dark skin colors were a symbol of weakness and no humanity.

 David Walker stood firm against racism and slavery
and also demanded equal rights for black men and women. The major part of his
demands was mentioned in his article The Appeal, in which possible dangerous
results of slavery and discrimination against free black are highlighted.  Hence, The Appeal maintains the spirit of
David Walker and also this article is referred as an example of the fight for
justice to the black people and continues to make us remember the ongoing
struggle for racial injustice.    


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