In 1776, on July 4th, the 13 English colonies officially declared their freedom from England. However, as the years progressed, slavery became incorporated into everyday American life. In 1852, former slave Frederick Douglass gave a speech to celebrate America’s independence; however, instead of praising the country, he censured Americans for saying they were a “country of the free”. In the speech, Hypocrisy of American Slavery, Frederick Douglass declares that Americans should not be celebrating their freedom when there are slaves living in the country. To convince his audience that Americans are wrong celebrating freedom on the 4th of July when slavery exists in their country, he uses emotional appeal, ethical appeal, and rhetorical questions.
The next paragraph is where he uses logical appeal more like common sense but frederick douglass says that “ this fourth of july is yours, not mine” saying that the fourth was not made for him but for the white people because they are treated different from the whites and they are not free like them even tho all people should be free because that 's why we have the fourth of july to celebrate the independence and freedom of america not the free and the enslaved of people and this really has an impact on the audience because it makes them wonder why did we have slaves why did we not free everyone like what if we were in that position that they are in during this time like would we have done the same thing as frederic or say what they wanted to hear a big lie because blacks are not part of the celebration your just there for them when really it 's a big big disappointment to the country and the people
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A specific part in the speech when he says those words is when he was asking a question to the listeners. The question was, “What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?” (Douglass). The use of those two words is to signal to the all the white people in the crowd the amount of distance that is between Douglass and them. It also signals to his listeners that since he is black that he doesn’t and probably will never share the same attitude toward the Fourth of July that all the whites
Fredrick Douglass had said” what is American slave, is your Fourth of July”. “ a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in a year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim” what he is saying that is that slave did not do anything for July fourth and basically was a sham. The readers would learn that Africa American was treated differently because of there skin color. They should see how Fredrick Douglass felt when this is going
This is a false narrative because this is only look at the side of a white person perspective. Whites during the civil war period owned slaves and treated them unfairly, so having a white person treat slaves fair was unheard of. The real story is that Brown was born and raised around an abolitionist center. Brown was friends with black people so this made him believe that black people were not inferior. As he got older he led battles into Pottawatomie (a pro-slavery settlement) to protest the mistreatment of slaves.
Renata Higuera Nat Turner Essay US History- Mr. Chen Before 1831, few and uncommon significant slave revolts occurred in North America, despite the comparatively substantial slave population. Many southern slave owners accredited this aspect of American slave culture to the supposed approval, complacency and passivity of their slaves, and though most knew of the major insurrections in other countries, they probably felt that they had assured certain control over their slaves. Nat Turner’s rebellion abolished this notion entirely.
Frederick Douglass on July 4th ,1852 gave a speech titled “ What To The American Slave Is Your Fourth of July?” Douglass gave this speech in Rochester,Ny in front of a crowd of white Americans. Throughout his speech he questions the audience a lot. He wants them to see and understand the viewpoint of a black slave. Douglass does not consider the fourth of July a day to celebrate instead he says “This fourth of July is yours, not mine” “You may rejoice, I must mourn.”
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
1.Before reading this speech, I never thought of the fact that blacks felt like “outcasts” during the 4th of July. 2.Douglass really made it a point that “the fourth of July is yours, not mine” (1). He is speaking about only whites celebrated Independence while blacks still do not have independence. 3.In this speech, Douglass mocked the United States for being a “hypocrite” when it came to independence in terms of America’s religious beliefs at the time.
Don’t Sleep Through the Amendment Annoyed about the loss of the civil war and hoping to declare continued superiority over the blacks of the South, the Southern states created the poll tax. All who wanted to vote in 1904 Virginia had to pay a tax of a dollar and fifty cents a price about thirty dollars in today’s money. Because of its high price poor whites and most African Americans were not able to vote because they were generally poor. Many saw the injustice of the poll tax and tried to push for its demise. “The poll taxes themselves were at one point ruled not to be unconstitutional in the Breedlove v. Suttles case because it did not violate the provisions set forth by either the Fourteenth Amendment or the Fifteenth Amendment”
The Civil War ended in 1865 leaving the south disappointed and angry. The Union decided to help the south get back on their feet and have equal rights. Since the Emancipation Proclamation was put in place, the South was not allowed to own slaves. This took a big part of their economy away, so many were displeased. While the Emancipation Proclamation provided hope for former slaves, the KKK and lack of resources ultimately ended in social and economic inequality for African Americans.
Frederic Douglass questions the principles of Declaration of Independence since it does not apply to him or those he represents. Douglass states that the Fourth of July is a celebration for the white American men where they celebrate their independence from Britain. This day represents justice, liberty, prosperity for white Americans not for black folks. He says do not expect a black people to celebrate the white ma’s freedom from tyranny and oppression is “inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.” Douglass says that there no person on earth who would be in favor in becoming a slave.
“I shall see this day and its popular characteristics from the slave’s point of view” (Douglass). Everyone is human, so they should all have the same human rights, but slaves were stripped from them all. Fourth of July was set upon to celebrate the freedom won after the war, yet there were still millions of people who were not free. Frederick Douglass does not believe that he, along with other African Americans, should celebrate Fourth of July because they were not included in the freedom that was won. Douglass simply reminded everyone that just because the Declaration of Independence was signed, there were still slaves in the world.
Slavery, once a controversial topic, is slowly beginning to reappear in today 's society. Most individuals will deny this because slavery isn 't something that is visible to someone not looking for it, but it still exists nationwide. In response to “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” by Frederick Douglass, I believe that with slavery being out of sight and mind, citizens are celebrating a national holiday and oratory with more optimism than what should be present. Around the publication of “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” in 1845, enslavement was present all around.