Quotation by Sojourner Truth

I don't read such small stuff as letters, I read men and nations. I can see through a millstone, though I can't see through a spelling-book. What a narrow idea a reading qualification is for a voter!
Sojourner Truth (c. 1797–1883), African American suffragist and abolitionist. As quoted in History of Woman Suffrage, appendix—ch. 19, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1882).

The former slave, itinerant preacher, and beloved activist in the woman suffrage movement said this during an 1867 visit with Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her family. This is from a letter that Stanton wrote to the World, which, she said, "seemed to please Sojourner more than any other journal." Truth was illiterate but enjoyed having newspapers read aloud to her.
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