Alfred M Green Speech Rhetorical Devices

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Alfred M. Green Speech Analysis In the 1860’s, Alfred M. Green gave a speech in Philadelphia regarding the Civil War. Green speaks about how African Americans are treated in a poor manner not only in the Southern region, but in the Northern region too. This speech that he delivered was chiefly intended to recruit fellow African Americans to join Union forces and fight for their freedom, even though African Americans were not allowed to join the Union army at this time. In this speech, Alfred M. Green uses a variety of appeals, schemes, and tropes to encourage his audience to participate and fight in the battle. The Speech When Alfred M. Green gave his speech in Philadelphia in April 1861, it was during the beginning of the Civil War. By giving this speech, Green was hoping to rally up a number of troops to fight in this fate deciding battle. This battle would grant African Americans their freedom if won, or the existence of slavery …show more content…

While Green delivers a powerful message, he uses a variety of methods to encourage his fellow African Americans to join the Union forces. One scheme that he uses is anaphora. Green uses this scheme in paragraph 5 when he says, “Let us drive back the advance guard of civil and religious freedom; let us have more slave territory; let us build stronger the tryan system of slavery in the great American Republic.” He builds strength in his message by persuading his audience to join in when he says “let us.” Green uses another scheme when he employs a form of parallelism in the first paragraph when he states, “Of country, of freedom, and of civil.” By doing this, Green emphasizes his argument and it helps towards recognizing his perception on patriotism. In attempt to convince his fellow African Americans to enlist in the Union forces, Alfred M. Green uses the appeals pathos and ethos to do so. An appeal to pathos is an appeal to emotion, basically convincing the audience using an emotion

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