Frederick Douglass Argumentative Essay

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After being separated from his mother at a young age, Frederick Douglass fights back against slavery and human rights. In Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, the author, Frederick Douglass, uses powerful rhetoric to disprove the Pragmatic and the Scientific pro-slavery arguments of Pre-Civil War America.

The Pragmatic Argument is about how many people believe that if all black slaves were to be freed, then this would result in convulsions which would then lead to extermination of the one or other race. Many people also believed that black slavery was necessary for American history. Douglass disproves this argument in many ways. For example, one way is when Douglass is staying with Mr. and Mrs. Auld, and they teach Douglass how to read, “Very soon after I went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Auld, she very kindly commenced to teach me the A, B, C” (40). Douglass at this point uses diction to show him being rebellious, and has disobeyed one of the “rules” of slaves, the inability to read and write. Douglass writes using strong syntax, “What he most dreaded, that I most desired.
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For example, they thought the negroes were much less educated and fortunate compared to the whites, which is why the negroes had the jobs of being slaves. Douglass proves that all black and white people should be treated equally, no matter which race you are. Douglass disproves this theory, by fighting back against Mr. Covey. “This battle with Mr. Covey was the turning-point in my career as a slave” (69). Douglass’s actions of fighting back against Mr. Covey set the tone of vindictive, disproved that all negroes should be ruled by their white masters. Douglass was tired of his master taking control over him, so he fought back against slavery. Douglass tries to prove the point of anti-slavery and racial arguments, relating to the Scientific
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