Frederick Douglass Abolitionism

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Another influential novel in America’s political history is Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass. This book was a part of the abolitionist movement during a time period of slavery and inequality of African Americans. This narrative was successful during this struggling time period as it urged people to accept the African American race. Not only did it encourage people to accept the race, but it also encouraged people to cease from slavery. The brutal and harmful details that are described in the novel showed to the nation of how detrimental slavery was on an individual African American. The main purpose of his autobiography was, “First, Douglass asserts his humanity in the face of the dehumanizing institution of…show more content…
These brutish details moved the nation toward abolishing slavery as a whole. Not only did it do this, but it also convinced people to join the abolitionist movement. Therefore, there was a greater amount of people fighting for slavery to be abolished. According to Harvard, this novel, “His pages are evocative of sympathy, as he meant them to be. Deeply affecting is the paragraph on his nearest of kin, creating its mood with the opening sentence: ‘I never saw my mother, to know her as such, more than four or five times in my life; and each of these times was very short in duration, and at night’” (Quarles). One of the aspects that separates Douglass’ autobiography from all others is how he combines literary elements. His use of pathos in his novel was able to evoke emotion within the reader and allow them to realize that a change was needed. At a time of strife that divided the country, those against and those for slavery, this narrative was able to fulfill a purpose of persuading people to join the abolitionist movement to abolish slavery through its use of literary…show more content…
These people do not realize the prevalence of an even greater form of literature. That form of literature is social media. In recent years, social media has quickly become one of the most powerful platforms on the planet for marketing, networking and social connection. In his Anchor article, author Jack Wolff describes the impact of social media on politics when he states, “It is indeed one of the best ways to get ideas out to a large amount of people in an incredibly short period of time. As a result some people in the government have become incredibly proficient, and even proliferous in their use of social media” (Wolff). As Wolff is saying, social media trends are having an increased effect on the political world and campaigns. Just like Wolff stated, social media allows for a connection between politics and the average person. A prime example in the political world is in the 2010 race in Massachusetts in which Martha Coakley and Scott Brown were both running for a senate seat. Martha Coakley minimum campaigning, while Scott Brown campaigned on the greater scale. As a result of his campaigning, he won the election. Having a connection with voters increases your chances of winning an election in the political world. Aspects and methods such as social media allow for a candidate to become well liked and enjoyable to the voters. This in turn allows for a more successful campaign. To show the increasing

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