Analyzing Frederick Douglass Speech Upon Leaving The Senate

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“Speech upon Leaving the Senate” was written by Jefferson Davis in January of 1861. Davis was a white male and he was also a congressman and senator from Mississippi. Davis later became the secretary of war in 1853. When Davis returned to his time in office after the war he really started to focus his priorities on his interest in Mississippi and the south. This document is an explanation of Mississippi’s nullification and secession from the United States and is also a resignation from Senator Jefferson Davis. The document would not have been for public eyes, but rather for the other senator’s and men in office. The information being conveyed is that Mississippi has decided to secede and nullify from the United States. The reason behind Mississippi leaving is because they do not agree with the laws being put on the states by the government. They believe that their rights are being taken away. The language of the document is upper class, government official language. The document is very straight forward and a conclusion that can be drawn …show more content…

Douglass was an African American social reformer, abolitionist, and statesman. Douglass was really big in the slavery movement and trying to end slavery. This document is a public announcement intended for the common people who were being affected by the riots, rebellions, and slavery. In this document Douglass starts off by saying that all the rebellions and the trouble going on in the United States is because of the new President, Abraham Lincoln. Douglass then goes into explaining the reasons as to why this is and also tells the reader what is going wrong in the country. The language being used is persuasive because Douglass is trying to convince the reader that Lincoln is to blame for everything and that they need to take action. A conclusion that can be drawn from this document is that Lincoln must not have been as great as he was portrayed as

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