Frederick Douglass Rhetoric

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“I didn't know I was a slave until I found out I couldn't do the things I wanted,” Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass an escaped slave gave his speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” to a group of White Americans to try to convince them to support abolitionism. Throughout his speech Frederick Douglass talks about the treatment of the slaves and how even though slaves are human they don’t get the same rights as Whites do. In his speech Douglass effectively uses his experiences to prove his credibility, evoke emotion from his audience, and uses logic and reasoning throughout his speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.”
First of in his speech Frederick Douglass starts off by asking rhetorical question about why he is here
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An example of this is, “we hanged our harps upon the willow in the midst thereof” (Douglass 286). This piece of text is Douglass saying that once you’ve been a slave there is no way to forget everything that he experienced because of how horrifying it was. With this quote it helps to prove his credibility because he can relate to what slaves are going through and can use his personal experiences to convince people that slavery needs to end. While Frederick Douglass experienced many atrocities during his time as a former slave many Americans were aware of what slaves experienced, so he had to use other means as well to persuade his audience to support abolitionism which would help end slavery once and for all in…show more content…
Without his experiences as an escaped slave Frederick Douglass wouldn’t have been able to uses his experiences to help the persuade the audience of his speech as effectively as he did, and with his experiences it caused him to evoke more emotion as well. In addition, when frederick Douglass appealed to the logical side of why slavery needs to end the reasoning that he provided was very compelling. When slavery was abolished in 1865 Frederick Douglass was able to experience some of the freedom he fought for until he died in 1895, so his hard work was not for nothing, but people would continue to fight for equality for years to
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