Few years later, he wrote his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, explaining his experiences with slavery. He later than wrote a speech for which was to be announced to the white Christian men of the South explaining . This was announced on the Fourth of July. Douglass was told to tell the audience how he felt about the Fourth Of July. Both The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and “What, to a slave, is the Fourth of July” are absolutely different from each other according to the message it sends to the audience.
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.
They all try to get into the people in a variety of different ways. Firstly, the work of Frederick Douglass, ¨Hypocrisy of American Slavery¨, Frederick Douglass sees the irony in a former slave celebrating the Fourth of July, the anniversary of the declaration of independence
Fredrick Douglas was a slave in the 1800. When he escaped slavery, he told his story and experiences in a book. “The Narrative Life of Fredrick Douglass.” The book is written in the perspective of an American slave. His goals were to show how wrong slavery was. Captain Canot also wrote a book.
What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? Throughout his sermon, What to the Slave is the Fourth of July, Fredrick Douglass devotedly argued that to the slave and even the liberated African American, the Fourth of July was nothing more than a holiday of a mockery of the crudest kind. Through his use of several rhetorical devices and strategies, Douglass conveyed his perspective on the concerning matter as if he were the voice of the still enslaved, both physically and logically. Prevalently, he presented an effectively argued point using ethos, logos, and pathos through credible appeals, convincing facts and statistics, and by successfully employing emotional appeals. Although the Fourth of July represents the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, Frederick Douglass proclaimed that
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia, is the story of Virginia and its role in our country’s legacy of freedom and slavery. Virginia was home to men like Thomas Jefferson and George Washington; both fierce components of liberty. Virginia also held the country’s largest percentage of slaves.. In his book, Edmund Morgan explores the “central paradox of American history;” how could a population be so devoted to liberty and synchronously uphold a system of slavery? How could the colonists espouse “inalienable rights”, equality, and basic human dignity, but deny those very things to a significant portion of the population?
His accounts of the complex events leading to the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation are particularly lucid. Oakes argues that Lincoln had surreptitiously delivered the death blow to slavery by the end of 1861. As to Douglass, I learned a great deal from Oakes's discussion of his three autobiographies, written in 1845, 1855, and 1881 (edited, 1891) and of how these works document the change of Douglass from reformer to an instance of the American success story. Oakes also describes well and detail a chilling meeting between Douglass and other African American leaders and President Andrew Johnson in which Douglass unsuccessfully tried to persuade Johnson to extend the right to vote to African
If there is one thing that defines American patriotism more than anything else, it’s the Declaration of Independence. From such a young age, students across the nation learn of the extravagant document that separated the American Colonies from the tyrannical English monarch. July the fourth, a day known to all Americans, is often cited as being the day the document was signed. However, the authors of After the Fact decided to do more digging to uncover the truth behind this most patriotic work of Thomas Jefferson. They begin by challenging the potentially most well-known “fact” of the Declaration of Independence - the fact that it was signed on the Fourth of July.
Douglass’ autobiography Narrative of The Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave was among the first Slave Narratives written by a former slave. Also, it was written differently in a new autobiographical form, glorifying the conflicts, the struggles and the success of an individual in place of recounting a story following a chronological order which is the classic form of an autobiography. Frederick Douglass consolidated different ideologies and philosophies in his work because he was very inspired by Henry Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson who were considered as leaders in philosophy. Douglass’ narrative was used to defend the human rights, criticizing religion but also as a political context.
With this, he decides that after years of not knowing what slavery was, and years of having to hide in the shadows, Douglass was ready to shine light on the American Slave System. Frederick Douglass believes that slavery is terrible for slaves. In the narrative, Douglass tells the story of his early life as a slave. Douglass knew nothing much about himself. He did not know his own age, or who his father was.
Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818. Douglass wrote “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Written by Himself” in 1845. This narrative was written to inform readers how the lives of slaves were, and the harsh treatment they experienced. Within the narrative we see how the slave system was corrupted. It was clear throughout the narrative that there were specific perpetrators, victims, and bystanders within the slave system.
In his 1852 speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”, Frederick Douglass voices an authentic critique on the “peculiar institution” of American slavery. In a constructive yet patriotic tone, he argues for the end of slavery through his understanding of reason and the revolutionary ideals which America was founded upon. The language that the famed abolitionist leader develops within his oration provides a framework to approach issues of race and discrimination that exist in our modern world. In particular, Douglass’ historical declamation can be employed to analyze the recent event concerning the vandalism and ethnic targeting of Asian-American students at Columbia University. Douglass, who lived during a time in which abolition was
The north called him a martyr; a person killed because of their beliefs. Southerners responded with their own raids. The south was convinced that the north was plotting a slave uprising everywhere. “The Negro slaves of the south are the happiest, and, in some sense, the freest people in the world”(document 5). This quote is taken from a book written by George Fitzhugh.
During the 1800’s abolitionist challenged both the barriers of racial equality and freedom of speech. During this time there were both American and African- American abolitionist who spoke out against the practice of slavery in both the northern and southern United States. During this time papers were written on the subject and many great orators emerged. During the early 1800’s there was a newspaper put out by free black abolitionist called The Liberator, which published African-American writers. In 1851, Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” which focused on the life of a slave and told the hardship that families would face.
“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.