By creating a picture in the audience’s mind of other people’s cries of freedom deriding slaves, they begin to feel ashamed for being so cheerful while African Americans have no liberty. The readers have recognized that they are being hypocrites by supporting slavery while boasting about their freedom as a country, which leads them to begin wanting to
The use of questions allows the listener to think about what truly is being celebrated and how hypocritical it is when there are millions of slaves that are not granted with the same liberties. He uses strong word choice to inflict sympathy and anger in order to motivate the crowd to stand up to the injustice. His use of antithesis emphasized the bias blacks are treated with and how they are not able to celebrate freedom. In the end the audience is left shocked, horrified, angered, and driven to take action against the hypocrisy of celebrating the fourth of
When most people hear the words “Fourth of July” they think about fireworks, cookouts, and sparklers. During the 1850’s, the Fourth of July served as a reminder of the many horrors and injustices in the world. On July 4, 1852, Frederick Douglass-- a former American slave, abolitionist leader and adroit speaker-- spoke in Rochester, New York about the affectation of celebrating independence. In his speech, “The Hypocrisy of American Slavery”, he claims celebrating independence is unethical when slavery is widespread. To convince the reader of his claim, he uses rhetorical questions, emotional appeal, and antithesis in hopes of shedding light and sparking action on the wrongful situation.
Slavery is known to exist as early as the 18th century BCE in china. About 5% of blacks were enslaved. This continued down to the 20th century. A 3rd to half of the population was enslaved in korea. The importation of slaves was nationally prohibited in 1808, although illegal smuggling was not usual.
INTRODUCTION & THEME OF THE MOVIE Slavery can be called as the theme in the book Twelve Years a Slave written by Solomon Northup. Slavery is an immoral practice in which one human being owns and treats other human as his own property. It is a wicked practice ended in the USA After the American Civil War. when Solomon is kidnapped Into slavery, the anti-slavery Republican Party has not yet made its mark, or it has not been founded. Solomon who is a free man, is aware of slavery only as he has informed by someone about it, and conversed with the slaves of southerners visiting up north.
Negroes kept waiting for their rights and never received them. However Thomas Jefferson did write “ that all men are created equal...”:“Five Score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity. But 100 years later, the Negro still is not free.” ( King, para.
Right away Douglass captures the audience’s attention on how nervous he is: “He who could address this audience without a quailing sensation, has stronger nerves than I have.”. Saying this could make the audience sympathize for Douglass, Also, the audience could gain respect for him standing in front of many people, fighting for what he believes in. Douglass uses a metaphor in the fifth paragraph of his speech, “Great streams are not easily turned from channels worn deep in the course of ages.” Douglass is saying that, the longer this nation uses slavery, the more comfortable it’ll become to them; and the harder it will be to change the nation. Douglass wants his audience to know if they don’t act now, the harder it’ll become to change. While going through his speech, Douglass can only hope that his words will make a difference in the minds of those who are hearing
The next paragraph is where he uses logical appeal more like common sense but frederick douglass says that “ this fourth of july is yours, not mine” saying that the fourth was not made for him but for the white people because they are treated different from the whites and they are not free like them even tho all people should be free because that 's why we have the fourth of july to celebrate the independence and freedom of america not the free and the enslaved of people and this really has an impact on the audience because it makes them wonder why did we have slaves why did we not free everyone like what if we were in that position that they are in during this time like would we have done the same thing as frederic or say what they wanted to hear a big lie because blacks are not part of the celebration your just there for them when really it 's a big big disappointment to the country and the people
What he realizes, is that “very few Americans will directly proclaimed that they are in favor of black people being left to the streets. But a very large number of Americans will do all they can to preserve the Dream” (Coates 33). He believes that it is not necessarily all intentional, just whites being stuck in the mindset of how they think America needs to operate, which unfortunately does not always take black rights into consideration. By launching into anecdotes about his own discovery of the brutally honest Malcolm X, the readers are able to better understand where his ideas of human selfishness exacerbate the issue of
He became double-conscientious after being rejected in part of his childhood. This is true for many Negroes in America who considered themselves as problems. Double consciousness is viewing oneself from a different perspective particularly, others’ perspectives. (Bois, 2005 ) African Americans developed multiple identities for the different social situations. It is suggested that Negroes had struggled to deliver their message to the world because they didn’t want to overemphasise Africanism in America while simultaneously preserving their African identities, in order to form their own message based on their history.
Dred Scott was born was a slave in the state of Virginia and was owned by Peter Blow, who died in 1832. Scott only had two masters after Blow’s death; one lived in Wisconsin and later Illinois, both of which prohibited slavery, yet, Scott didn’t petition for freedom. Instead he met his wife Harriet. The two met their new master in Louisiana, who did not grant them freedom, so Scott looked for legal action to escape his slavery. Over a period of seven years, he went through trial and retrial until he was denied his final freedom in 1854.
Jefferson also states that it is the King’s fault for the slave trade going on for seven years, he is the one who started it, he blames him (Randall 212). Short further explains that the British are bringing slaves to America without our consent (88). Furthermore Randall explains that Jefferson was trying to free all slaves by the time they reached their adulthood (302). The first time Jefferson spoke during the meeting he said “all men are created free” (147). These findings challenge Jefferson’s actions considering he owned
HARRIET TUBMAN Early Life Harriet Tubman was a slave in the west. She didn’t know when she was born. At the age of six she started slavery. The line between freedom and slavery was hazy for Tubman and her family. Harriet Tubman’s father, Ben was freed from slavery at the age of 45, stipulated in the will of a previous owner.
Frederick Douglass was born a slave in 1817, but soon became one of the biggest names in all of history. By 1838, Frederick Douglass was able to escape slavery and go up North. The citizens of Rochester, New York, where Douglass settled in, asked him to give a speech to celebrate the Fourth of July. He agreed, however, instead of his speech being about celebrating freedom, he spoke about all the hypocrisy being held in the United States. The states represented freedom, and independence, yet there were millions of people being forced into a life of hard labor and no pay, slaves.
The ideals of Social Darwinism also gave white men another possible justification for their treatment, providing a reason for them to believe that blacks were poor and desolate because they didn’t work hard enough. These sentiments often lead to violence against blacks, even in the most quaintest of towns throughout the South. Nativist sentiment helped to further this