Benjamin Banneker And Thomas Jefferson Rhetorical Analysis

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There are occasions that cause for political activist to take a stand. Benjamin Banneker and Florence Kelley address social issues with slavery and child labor laws, while John F Kennedy discuss economic issues with private vs public interests. As American society attempts to alter their progress in social equality and economic balance, it has stumbled upon obstacles. Americans strive to achieve greatness, yet the abuse of power and wealth stands in the way. As Banneker addresses Thomas Jefferson, he compels him to realize the effect slavery had on slaves. He is concerned slaves are promised “inalienable rights” that are being stripped away from them. Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence and stated these rights diligently.…show more content…
Jefferson was enslaved by Great Britain, now he lacks empathy for those without their rights. Banneker with an accusatory tone declares, “You should be found guilty of that most criminal act which you professedly detested in others.” Jefferson could not be relied upon considering he went against his word. Benjamin Banneker is questioning Jefferson’s credibility as one of the writers of the Declaration of Independence. He created these laws for the land but have yet to enforce any of them for those who are considered…show more content…
Kennedy is infuriated that corporation increased, “steel prices by some 6 dollars a ton.” JFK speaks in an indignant tone towards the steel executives expressing they plan on “purchasing power.” Kennedy is using a confused tone to fathom why “the recent settlement...both parties understood” was not fulfilled. As JFK questions, “each American...and steel companies” he received completely different answers in “24 hours.” Kennedy is worried for the future of Americans considering corporate is being very insensitive. Considering Americans are willing to, “leave their homes and families… and servicemen to risk their lives” shows corporation do not care what impact it leaves on them. He holds companies accountable of having a plan to pursue “private power” while not showing interest in 185 million American lives. Kennedy intends on grasping the attention of these steel corporations in order to explain how the rise in steel prices will not only affect the people but also others involved in the money
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