Rhetorical Analysis Of What To The American Slave Is Your Fourth Of July

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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
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