Sojourner Truth was born enslaved in a Dutch community in New York state c.1797 as Isabella Baumfree. She escaped with her infant daughter in 1826. She sued her owner to get her son & was the 1st Black woman to win such a case, which was part of northern states abolishing slavery gradually, over time. She renamed herself Sojourner Truth in 1843.
In 1851 she attended the Ohio Women’s Rights Conference in Akron. Truth intervened in the speakers’ debate on women’s rights. Her original speech was lost, but a white woman named Francis Gage wrote down her recollection of it a few years later using stereotypical southern dialect even though Truth wasn’t southern.
That version of the speech became famous and is called "Ain't I A Woman?"
I point out to students that "ain't" is not something you'd expect someone from New York to say even in the mid-19th century.
Then we watch the famous version of the speech with all of this in mind.