“It is time to wake up Washington as it has never been shocked before,” were the famous words spoken by black labor leader A. Philip Randolph. After WWII in the 1940’s African Americans wanted to see change following the war. African Americans became more assertive for equality and the rights they knew they should be given. During this time the NAACP worked to end the discrimination within the armed forces. There was an organization called CORE, congress of racial equality that wanted to protest without using violence, which lead to the sit ins in the south that challenged the Jim Crow laws.
This reference in particular evokes the strongest emotional response from black people because many African Americans revered Lincoln for his decision to sign the revolutionary Emancipation Proclamation, and how the document symbolized a free future for slaves--the ancestors of the blacks in the crowd. But the next few lines following this allusion also persuades those ignorant of how little things have changed by highlighting the “manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination” that blacks still suffer from despite the hundred year gap. Here, he uses the connotations of “manacles” and “chains” to evoke a negative emotional response from the audience, especially from those unaware of the need to change, causing their opinion to match the speaker’s: against segregation. Additionally, King weaves biblical allusions into his speech to appeal to the Christians within the crowd. He uses the “dark and desolate valley of segregation” to illustrate the injustice African Americans have endured for centuries and juxtapositions it with the “sunlit path of racial justice” to exemplify a future where true freedom exists for
The Civil War changed the future of the United States. The war began as a struggle to preserve the Union, but not a struggle to free the slaves, and many in the North and South felt that the conflict would decide both issues at last. Many slaves escaped to the North in the early years of the war, and several Union generals established abolitionist policies in the Southern land that they conquered. Congress passed laws permitting the seizure of slaves from the property of rebellious Southerners. On September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln presented the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation.
In the film Glory directed by Edward Zwick, the Civil War is portrayed through the eyes of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts regiment, which was composed of African American men fighting against the Confederates for freedom. The commander of this regiment, Robert Shaw, was born into an abolitionist family and accepted the role of the first all-black regiment in the Northeast, despite the potential threats of the South. The movie focuses on four black soldiers and their experiences during the war as well as their relationships with their fellow soldiers and commanders, including Shaw. Throughout the movie, Shaw’s perspective is also seen and the conflicting emotions he felt are demonstrated by the choices he is forced to make. While some may argue
King also used pathos by convincing his audience that there was going to be an end to the struggle and troubled time as he mentioned “Now is the time.” The use of pathos in Dr. King’s speech helped in influencing his audience by appealing to their emotions, fears, and desires. Many times throughout the speech, King used and repeated the phrase “I Have a Dream”. The repetition of this phrase gave his audience a sense of hope and optimism. King also constantly showed sympathy to Negros who have experienced racial inequality. For example, he says “Negro finds himself in exile in his own land.” Not only did this phrase show his empathy on Negros and their unfair treatment, but it also appealed to his audience’s emotions and lead them too, black or white, to have compassion as well.
The war was unavoidable, the South needed slaves and the North didn’t do much to stop it. Lincoln mentions “One-eighth of the whole population were colored slaves” he also mentions that the slaves localized in the southern states. Lincoln puts this in his speech to help people understand how the “interest of the salves somehow caused the war.” One of them would make war rather than unite and prestige embracing each other. Lincoln knew he was not powerful enough to change the fate of the nation so he bestowed the power to God. Everyone was religious and very faithful to God.
Martin Luther King’s speech successfully conveyed civil rights issues, and included many rhetorical strategies. For example, he used pathos to inspire people (African American) to recover and overcome such difficulties that they were facing. He also smartly talked to a broad audience that could feel his pain and relate to his struggle. He established his credibility by being knowledgeable, but not only that but relaying to the crowd how he had endured this struggle. Through Martin Luther
Martin Luther King Junior’s last speech I’ve Been to the Mountaintop hadn’t only given hope to people who were treated badly because of their skin color, but also, led to people becoming more accepting of African Americans as well as empowering others listening to the speech not to quit the fight of social injustice. Martin Luther King Junior’s last speech “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” gave hope to countless African Americans in many ways. In the beginning, “MLK” starts by talking about “Something is happening in Memphis; something is happening in the world.”(paragraph 2). This makes people believe that there is becoming a result of their efforts for equal treatment for all people. Martin Luther is making it seem that through all these people have been through, there is a light in the near horizon.
For example, when Martin Luther King held his march to advocate for civil and economic rights for African Americans, a total of about two hundred-fifty were in attendance; therefore, they were able to listen and be educated by the vivid words of M.L.K’s “I Have A Dream” speech. As we all know, his speech had some of the most powerful and influential locutions ever spoken by a human being. With that, people now had a better understanding of the suffering and the prejudice done to African Americans. I believe, that our society is now better off with the words of M.L.K. We people need to speak up and not stay silent, hidden in the shadows so we can make a change just like the famous men and women before
The process of rebuilding the South after the Civil War was a period called Reconstruction. Physical damage to people and places needed to be repaired. Former slaves needed help building free lives and securing their rights. Enemies needed to be reconciled, and a broken Union needed political repair. President Lincoln's Ten Percent Plan was intended to quickly readmit Southern states back into the Union without malice.
African Americans used various methods to fight for their freedom during the Civil War such as passing information to the Union Army and serving in the Armed forces. These actions affected them and the United States by bringing home a win for the Union, making slaves free people. To begin, the slaves dedicated their lives to save the future. A former slave and author of the famous newspaper, The North Star, displays how loyal they were. Fredrick Douglas made many editorials about abolition.
Even after his death, the president’s ideas continued to inspire others to stand up for racial equality. Many people believed in Lincoln’s motivating words, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” The message of his speech called for a rise to unity, to band together, and to support one another. Recently, there had been a movement in America known as Black Lives Matter. Based on his philosophy, Abraham Lincoln would agree with their cause, although he would support the idea that all lives matter, regardless of the color of their skin or their
After the awareness of the slaves’ capabilities and the living in communities with slaves, white people in the North that still supported slavery changed their stance after seeing first hand that black people, not just the few free blacks, were similar to everyone else. After the Underground Railroad, moral code came into question, and with the Constitution demanding all people be equal, the people in the North could no longer bear to uphold slavery. The Underground Railroad was risky and dangerous, but it furthered racial equality by creating a coalition against slavery and by freeing African
The Emancipation Proclamation was an important act, the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln, allowing the freedom of all in the rebelling territories of the confederacy and allowing Blacks to join in the Union Army. At the beginning of the Civil War, the freed black people was ready to fight with Union, yet they were prevented from doing so. Popular racial stereotypes and discrimination against Blacks in the military contributed to the prevailing myth that Black men did not have the intelligence and bravery necessary to serve their country. By 1862, there was limited amount of White Union enlistment and confederate victories at Antietam forced the U.S. government to reconsider its racist policy.
In President Obama’s speech “ A More Perfect Union,” he states, “we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice if we are to continue on the path of a more perfect union,” to emphasize the importance of unity in the American society. In the film “Eyes on the Prize: A Nation of Laws”, Black solidarity is essential to Black America; however the concept of group identification and loyalty was abandoned during the civil rights movement as different organizations held distinctive strategies to obtaining social and political