Frederick Douglass Impact On African American Society

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Fredrick Douglas has been widely recognized for initiating several movements that had promoted the social and political emancipation of African Americans. To achieve what was then a seemingly impossible task, Douglass had constantly utilized a powerful emotional appeal after informing the public of the inhumane hardships that were bestowed upon the African American people. Thus, through crafting several educative books, speeches, and events, his message was brought not only to the public eye, but to the eyes of the political system which would later assist in establishing laws that destroyed the barriers that society had once bestowed on African Americans. One of these notable works would include The Narrative of Fredrick Douglass were he …show more content…

His overall purpose in auguring this was to convince the U.S. public that slavery was an inhumane institution and thus needed to be abolished. I believe that this book was historically accurate to a large extent and not at all exaggerated. Numerous African Americans during and before the 19th century were suppressed by the chains of slavery which had, again effected not only their own lives as individuals but it would affect the future generations of African Americans and the American society in general. Douglass’ story had actually resembled those numerous African Americans because he had initially been denied of an education, of his family and personal history, of obtaining a better life. But unlike most slaves during this time, he was successful in learning how to read and write without persecution and was able to obtain his desired life of becoming an advocate for African American rights and aspiring author. I overall found this book to be very enjoyable to read due to the fact that it had evoked emotions such anger and sadness, it very informative in broadening my knowledge of how African Americans who were slaves had lived and some of the unfair regulations that they had to abide by as a result of social prejudices. One thing that that I will critic was the length of the memoir; I felt Douglass should have been more elaborate and specific on how slavery and discrimination policies had affected him and the African American community. I did noticed that he uses a lot of the logos appeal meaning that he gives more factual information rather than more emotion evoking statements. This could work to his advantage but I wanted it to be more emotion evoking because an ethos appeal would be more efferent in conveying to the

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