Well I am here to tell you that although this position is popular, it is still not logical. One reason the Confederate flag should not be able fly here in the United States is because that many take the flag as racist and that it promotes slavery. The flag mainly offends Northerners and African Americans. This is because they were against the idea of slavery during the Civil War. Studies show that when people see the Confederate flag, even a glimpse of it, they are
The Emancipation Proclamation needed a constitutional amendment to guarantee abolishment of all slavery in the United States since the Proclamation could not do that itself (Guelzo, 2005). In conclusion, Emancipation Proclamation did not free the slaves, but the slaves freed themselves. The Proclamation process was an essential step in the abolishment of the slavery in America, although it was not the reason why the slavery ended. The document motivated the enslaved individuals and freed African American people to join the Union, which eventually became a war for freedom. Determinations and preservation of the slaves across the country struck fear in the eyes of the Confederacy (Carnahan, 2007).
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
What to the Slave is the Fourth of July Introduction The 4th of July is an important day in American history it represents freedom and is usually associated with fireworks, parades, alcohol, and concerts. Those activities more or less represent today’s culture. When Fredrick Douglass made his speech he talked about American values such as liberty, citizenship, and freedom. The irony of this speech was that at the time white Americans in the south were still participating in slave trading. So to the African American community in the south the 4th of July was just another day because unless you lived in the north you didn’t get to experience these freedoms that whites enjoyed.
Douglass begins his narrative with the analogy, “Slaves know as little of their ages as horses know of theirs (pg. 1).” This analogy is saying that slaves know nothing of their age, which is a basic fact that most people can recall instantly. Also, by using this specific analogy, Douglass is demonstrating how slavery is dehumanizing for blacks by bringing slaves down to the level of a barn animal. White readers at the time would have never known personally what it as like to be treated similarly to an animal, but many were aware that animals were pieces of property, not something that you saw as an equal to a person. By comparing a slave to an animal, white Northerners who had little exposure to slavery could now see how the institution of slavery degraded slaves from the status of a human to that of a piece of expendable property.
Most didn’t see it as inhuman because of the public’s whispers. The abolition of slavery, or the banishment of slavery didn’t come for years later, unfortunately. The beginning of the abolishment of slavery started because of a man named Abraham Lincoln. He had seen through the public’s goggles
Our nation contemporarily hails the Constitution as a protector of the people’s rights — but we often fail to remember that it accomplished grand measures to secure the system of slavery. The year of 1787, when the Constitution was signed, was a year of great tension among members of American society. Vast numbers of people were in support of slavery, and many of its opposers were afraid to speak up about their beliefs. The Constitution attempted to retain a neutral position on the issue, but it ultimately failed by instituting safeguards against the freedom or equal recognition of slaves as members of America. The Constitution’s first mistake was that it distinctly allowed the importation of slavery to continue; in fact, it expressly forbade
He declares, “to forget them [the slaves], to pass lightly over their wrongs and to chime in with the popular theme would be treason most scandalous and shocking, and would make me a reproach before God and the world,” (para. 5). He discusses that slavery is unjust, and says that celebrating freedom with slavery would be treason. This helps the audience realize that celebrating freedom in their country is not a peccadillo, and they naturally will try to right the wrong because of their moral instincts by stopping their celebration. He also says, “to him your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mock; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy - a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages,” (para.
The irony in this situation is that these people do not realize that they are tearing families apart all the while making sure that their family stays together. But by announcing this separation as a typical convention, Douglass is able to point out the hypocrisy in such actions. Chances are likely that the white audience will pause when they read these lines and ask themselves how this can be a tradition within a community that values family. Such a practice is strange and foreign to them, even though this is what they are doing to their own slaves, and their minds are now being open to the harsh realities that a slave endures while their slaveholders live their picturesque life with their
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”. The President that fought for the freedom of slaves, this was one of his most known quotes inspired to make people believe that slaves had the right to have freedom like everyone else did. This quote then impacted a lot of people, who then volunteered to fight in war. When Abraham found out his words were, “The more the merrier.” What would the world be like if Abraham Lincoln was not elected president? I believe that the world would be very different.