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Identifying the Speaker's Tone
Name: Class:

Teacher: Date:

Directions: After reading the passages, sort the terms based on the speaker whom they describe. Some terms may
describe both selections.
Sympathy/An Account of an Experience With Discrimination
Paul Laurence Dunbar/Sojourner Truth

by Paul Laurence Dunbar

I KNOW what the caged bird feels, alas!

When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;

When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,

And the river flows like a stream of glass;

When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,

And the faint perfume from its chalice steals -

I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing

Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;

For he must fly back to his perch and cling

When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;

And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars

And they pulse again with a keener sting -

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I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,

When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore, -

When he beats his bars and he would be free;

It is not a carol of joy or glee,

But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,

But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings -

I know why the caged bird sings!

An Account of an Experience With Discrimination

by Sojourner Truth

A few weeks ago I was in company with my friend Josephine S. Griffing, when the conductor of a streetcar refused
to stop his car for me, although (I was) closely following Josephine and holding on to the iron rail. They dragged
us a number of yards before she succeeded in stopping them. She reported the conductor to the president of the
City Railway, who dismissed him at once, and told me to take the number of the car whenever I was mistreated by
a conductor or driver. On the 13th I had occasion to go for necessities for the patients in the Freedmen's Hospital
where I have been doing and advising for a number of months. I thought now I would get a ride without trouble as
I was in company with another friend, Laura S. Haviland of Michigan. As I ascended the platform of the car, the
conductor pushed me, saying "Go back--get off here." I told him I was not going off, then "I'll put you off" said he
furiously, clenching my right arm with both hands, using such violence that he seemed about to succeed, when
Mrs. Haviland told him he was not going to put me off. "Does she belong to you?" said he in a hurried angry tone.
She replied, "She does not belong to me, but she belongs to humanity." The number of the car was noted, and
conductor dismissed at once upon the report to the president, who advised his arrest for assault and battery as my
shoulder was sprained by his effort to put me off. Accordingly I had him arrested and the case tried before Justice
Thompson. My shoulder was very lame and swollen, but is better. It is hard for the old slaveholding spirit to die.
But die it must....


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