This speech was created for the slaves because what was the slaves for, for the Fourth of July. This speech was about slavery and what is slavery to the Fourth of July. Fredrick Douglass is basically saying that what does the Fourth of July mean to the slaves and how does it concerned to them. Fredrick Douglass was writing this speech for the Declaration of Independence and for the national independence. The main topic about this speech was that the independence and the great principles of political of freedom.
Douglass uses many rhetorical metaphors to appeal and connect to the audience emotionally. “As with rivers so with nations”, and the last sentence of paragraph 4b, it states that this river will get ruined if not turned around. Just like the nation it refers to. And so if the nation is not turned around it crumbles and it falls apart if it fails to recognize the problem. With this, Douglass is addressing the topic of slavery and whether to abolish it or not.
Slavery-- in laconic terms-- is the censuring, and antipathy of a human just due to their skin color. It is macroscopic and patent that it is wrong but nobody will admit it. In The Hypocrisy of American Slavery, Frederick Douglass talks about the current state of the US and why The 4th of July means nothing to him. He is trying to convince the American people that celebrating the freedom of their country is ironic because everyone is not free as they claim. Overall, Douglass uses Word Choice, Emotional, and Ethical Appeal to support his claim that there should be no celebrating being a free country when all of the country is not free.
On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech to the Rochester Ladies Anti-Slavery Society. In order to persuade his audience of the evils of slavery and the hypocrisy of the Fourth of July, Douglass utilizes emotional appeal, strong diction, and figurative language. Douglass utilizes emotional appeal in order to emotionally connect with his audience. He shows the audience that he has personal experience with slavery by mentioning, “To me the American slave-trade is a terrible reality. When a child, my soul was often pierced with a sense of its horrors”.
In “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass”, Douglass narrates in detail the oppressions he went through as a slave before winning his freedom. In the narrative, Douglass gives a picture about the humiliation, brutality, and pain that slaves go through. We can evidently see that Douglass does not want to describe only his life, but he uses his personal experiences and life story as a tool to rise against slavery. He uses his personal life story to argue against common myths that were used to justify the act of slavery. Douglass invalidated common justification for slavery like religion, economic argument and color with his life story through his experiences torture, separation, and illiteracy, and he urged for the end of slavery.
The name of this speech was called, “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?” In this speech, Douglass explains how although the fourth of July may appear to be a happy and exciting holiday for where people can celebrate their independence, it is a sad day for African Americans. This is because that African Americans have no freedom or independence, but they are slaves. What was promised in the Declaration of Independence is not being fulfilled out unto them. When Douglass first
An abolitionist, a former slave, and Republican Statesman Frederick Douglass had given a moving speech “What to the Slave is The Fourth Of July” to an audience of white New York Abolitionists in the year 1852. In addition, Douglass’s purpose of the speech is to emphasize the meaning of the Fourth of July to slaves and how the white men have a sense of freedom while the slave has to deal with the reality of what the day means to them. In the speech, Douglass had created a harsh tone to discuss the importance of anti-slavery. Douglass begins his speech by explaining the idea of what a slave may think of the Fourth of July because he had been a slave and by expressing the way he feels about the holiday that represents freedom for the people in the United States. He calls upon the audience by asking them a question using an interrogative sentence “[...] allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today?” (P.1) Nevertheless, Douglass’s interaction with the audience allows them to reflect upon themselves and ask why he is speaking because that is what he thinks himself.
Throughout the story he manages to stay quite neutral with his tone. He appears to be understanding of the slaveholder’s point of view. He took the time to step in the mistress’ shoes for a moment to understand what she was going through as well. An example of him being understanding is when Douglass stated that she was “benevolent.” He saw her kind side and was willing to recognize it. By using this diction, one can
“Hypocrisy of American Slavery” by Frederick Douglass is a speech where Douglass uses some appeals to strengthen his opinion that the audience should not celebrate a free country when our country isn 't free, and censures the idea of slavery. Throughout Douglass’ speech, he uses great word choices to get the audience 's attention; And focus the audience 's attention on why he believes that 4th of July shouldn’t be a happy holiday. “The gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim”(Para.10). The author purposely uses these words to not sound callow. Also, the phrase “gross injustice cruelty” makes America’s choices sound ten times worse; which is what Douglass was trying to do.
He questions his audience of the significance of Independence Day to slaves, and he answers it in an extremely contrasting way: “your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; … your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery,” that the celebration is “a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.” Douglass dismisses the national pride, characterizing it as a mere expression of people’s ignorance. The antithesis, with “greatness” being “vanity,” “sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless,” and “shouts of liberty and equality” being “hollow mockery,” provokes shock and anger from the audience, who have just been part of it and are now degraded as “savages.” However, Douglass was not trying to be inflammatory but provocative, witnessing the pathetic enthusiasm in the anniversary, that people feel exuberant about themselves while ignoring the saddening