Frederick Douglass’s speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”, discusses the irony of celebrating the freedom that slaves cannot enjoy. He delivered the speech in 1853, about a decade before the Emancipation Proclamation, to an anti-slavery society. He criticizes America and its privileged citizens for its selective freedom, where only a few people inherit the riches of the past, and how American slaves are not granted the same independence as their white counterparts. Celebration of this day, to Douglass, is “America [being] false to the past, false to the present, and… false to the future” (74). Seeing how people are content with the achievements of the past and allowing them to define the future while ignoring the injustice of his time, Douglass felt the need to cast off this attitude and express exactly how he views slavery.
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 justifies how black slaves feel while the citizens celebrate freedom and they are still fighting for freedom and rights.During Douglass’ speech he uses pathos and showing why he will never be for slavery and how all men are equal. We all know slavery is wrong “There is not
When most people hear the words “Fourth of July” they think about fireworks, cookouts, and sparklers. During the 1850’s, the Fourth of July served as a reminder of the many horrors and injustices in the world. On July 4, 1852, Frederick Douglass-- a former American slave, abolitionist leader and adroit speaker-- spoke in Rochester, New York about the affectation of celebrating independence. In his speech, “The Hypocrisy of American Slavery”, he claims celebrating independence is unethical when slavery is widespread. To convince the reader of his claim, he uses rhetorical questions, emotional appeal, and antithesis in hopes of shedding light and sparking action on the wrongful situation.
begins “Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity. But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination.” As Dr. King though slavery might have ended, there is still inequality going on.
Patriotism and pride is what motivated our founding fathers to break away from Britain on July 2, 1776. They stood together as one and stood up for what they believed was right and finally got their Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776. Throughout time ways to show patriotism has evolved. However patriotism has been around forever and without patriotism the country never would of been established. Today Americans show patriotism by dressing up in red, white, and blue on the Fourth of July or anytime throughout the year.
Many people can’t seem to comprehend why Haitian’s have so much pride in their flag and culture itself. They question the actions and the reason that a flag day was even created. I believe we Haitians have so much pride and joy because we know what it felt like growing up Haitian and how much things have evolved. By the end of this paper, I hope you gain a better understanding of our pride. Jean-Jacques Dessalines a military leader and one of the founding fathers of Haiti was the first to create the Haitian flag.
John F. Kennedy uses ethos is his speech to persuade his audience that his argument is morally right and the opposing side is wrong. One time he used ethos in the sixth paragraph of the speech when he talks about how african americans are not truly free an example of hm saying that is “ One hundred years of delay have passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves, yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free. They are not yet freed from the bonds of injustice. They are not yet freed from social and economic oppression. And this Nation, for all its hopes and all its boasts, will not be fully free until all its citizens are free.” this quote uses ethos to talk about how it is unethical that
He opens his speech with the famous words from The Declaration of Independence; “ We the people, in order to form a more perfect union”(Obama 461). He uses this quote from the Declaration of Independence to better explain the broad perspective of why the founding father created the declaration, to lay the grounds for the creation of a better nation. He goes on to say how they did sign it, but ultimately it was unfinished. He states “It was stained by this nation’s original sin of slavery, a question that divided the colonies and brought the convention to a stalemate until the founders chose to allow the slave trade to continue for at least twenty more years, and to leave any final resolution to future generations”(Obama 461). Barack used this quote with a logical reasoning, stating the facts on how the founding fathers of this nation did not have any say about the common slave or their self rights, but just to let the future take care of it problem.
Fredric Douglass wrote, “What to the Slave is Fourth of July” in 1852. In this speech to the American public, Douglass states how great of a country American “was” and how great the forefathers “were”. In contrast to those statements he professes his reasoning for freeing slaves. However, Mary Rowlandson wrote, “A True History of the Captivity and Restoration of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson” in 1682. This captive narrative takes place during the King Philips war, and depicts how the native Americans treated their prisoners of war.
(SS) King was able to push the idea of hope at the beginning of his speech with the simile, “This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope...” (SS) The momentous decree is the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed slaves, and reminded the people that they were technically free. (SS) Giving the audience hope, this reminder meant that one day soon the black community will also be treated as free Americans. (SS) There will be still water when the growth of racial problems is put to an end as said in King’s quote,“...from the quicksands of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” (SS) The quicksands of racial injustice are referring to the people being consumed by racial prejudice, and only when people stop allowing themselves to be consumed by the racism will they be able to join forces with everyone to create a stable environment. (CS) To achieve this environment, the black community must also work with the white community despite their differences. (SS) The metaphor, “...to transform the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood” symbolizes the connections that need to be made in order to achieve Dr. King’s dream.
The autobiography became widely read due to it being realistic in terms that Douglass was once a slave and was now free. He wrote about his overall experience as a slave whom was taken away from his mother at an early age, only to be taken to work at a plantation. His written experiences essentially created awareness among the people who had read his autobiography. “In his preface, William Lloyd Garrison pledges that Douglass’s Narrative is ‘essentially true in all its statements; that nothing has been set down in malice, nothing exaggerated’” (Horn). Due to his growing fame, Douglass took upon the opportunity to keep pushing abolitionist movements forward.
Frederick Douglass was born a slave in 1817, but soon became one of the biggest names in all of history. By 1838, Frederick Douglass was able to escape slavery and go up North. The citizens of Rochester, New York, where Douglass settled in, asked him to give a speech to celebrate the Fourth of July. He agreed, however, instead of his speech being about celebrating freedom, he spoke about all the hypocrisy being held in the United States. The states represented freedom, and independence, yet there were millions of people being forced into a life of hard labor and no pay, slaves.