A Letter to My Son Coates' letter has strong feelings towards the injustices that blacks have encountered for generations. Coates uses deep words and historical events to explain to his son what his life will be when he grow up. The fact that he decides to write this letter to his son impacts my experiences as a reader because his son is just a kid. His son does not have any knowledge of what is going around him in regards of racism because he is just a little kid. He might not understood or took it personal when a white woman pushed him and said, "Come on!"
The purpose of Elizabeth Cady Stanton speech was to bring attention to women’s suffrage. Throughout her speech she deliberately speaks about the political and social norms that were excluding women in 1868. Stanton begins her speech by saying that men were over privileged and often times downgraded women. She also urges a sixteenth amendment. When Stanton says “I urge a sixteenth amendment”, she means that she wants to evoke a new amendment, stating women’s rights, including voting rights.
Although the Bible was the same and both prayed to a God, the interpretation they gave of the teachings and the readings of the Bible were different. The curse of Canaan and his descendants was related to the issue of servility and slavery, the whites used this relationship as a justification that God was in accordance with slavery. As Callahan mentioned in The Poison Book, “Jefferson Davis defended chattel slavery and the foreign slave trade as the “importation of the race of Ham,” fulfillment of Africans’ destiny to be “servants of servants.” They used this text to defend slavery and that blacks had been destined to be slaves. The most important teaching of whites to Christianize blacks was the importance of obedience. The blacks did not believe in what the whites preached.
On the other hand, Frederick Douglass in his autobiography, The Narrative Life of Frederick Douglass, recounts his life story and how essential freedom is to him and fellow slaves. By telling first hand accounts about slavery, Douglass shows how unfounded Fitzhugh’s narrative is. Fitzhugh spins a biased narrative that speaks of how well-cared-for the slaves are, how nurturing slave masters are to their slaves, and how slaves are almost never physically abused. Maybe Transition? Slaves were often given the bare minimum of food and
Are you someone with rights; then let’s see where women’s right movement began.I feel Woman's right to suffrage by Susan B. Anthony was most compelling.It was to persuade the united states that women are people who should have rights. The main ideas are women are people, to make a law it would go against the constitution, and what it means to be a citizen. The emphasis on what the preamble says is the most important main idea. Susan B. anthony goes back to what the preamble and how it says ,“ we the people.” (Anthony. )The rhetorical devices she used are logos, ethos, vocabulary, paragraph structure, and allusion.
These writings provide a better understanding to how slaves were treated, and how it contradicts the Bible. A majority of those who were in slavery were there by force or birth. Many believe that slavery was only in America, and the only slaves were Africans, but this is false thinking. Slavery has occurred within every nation and every race has been a slave at one time. Booker T. Washington gives the best
One of reasons the confederacy failed was because the U.S. Congress, with Lincoln’s support, proposed the 13th amendment which would abolish slavery in America. Although the confederate peace delegation was unwilling to accept a future without slavery, the radical and moderate Republicans designed a way to takeover the reconstruction program. The Radical Republicans wanted full citizenship rights for African Americans and wanted to implement harsh reconstruction policies toward the south. The radical republican views made up the majority of the Congress and helped to pass the 14th amendment which guaranteed equality under the law for all citizens, and protected freedmen from presidential vetoes, southern state legislatures, and federal court decisions. In 1869, Congress passed the fifteenth amendment stating that no citizen can be denied the right to vote because of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” To destroy the confederacy and make the south rejoin the union, extreme legal measures such as passing amendments needed to be taken by the government to affirm Union’s power over the south.
Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison were the most famous abolitionists who spoke out publicity against slavery, racial discrimination, and were strong supporters of women’s rights. Douglass himself escaped from slavery and went from courage to freedom. He published his autobiography “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” that is considered works of the narrative slave tradition and life learning lessons that he encountered. The narrative illustrates instances of Douglass courage on his journey. Freedom was not something that was given to him.
The American complication with race has multiple positions and outlooks. On the one hand, the white community feels in some way that that blacks focus to much on race and not enough energy on fixing relationships and employment status. At the same time the black community hold a belief that race is still of constitutional importance to American society. Just like Fredrick Douglass stated in the last meeting of the American Antislavery Society, slavery never died. “Had slavery’s death come of moral conviction instead of political and military necessity; had it come in obedience to the enlightenment of the American people; had it come at the call of the humanity…of the slaveholder, as well as the rest of our fellow citizens, slavery might be look upon as honestly dead”.
Friedan was an author, an activist, and the first president of the National Organization for Women. The National Organization for Women aimed to promote women 's ideas, eliminate discrimination, and protect the equal rights of women in all aspects of life. Friedan ignited the second wave of American feminism by writing The Feminine Mystique. Friedan 's audience would most likely be women who want their rights and are annoyed with the housewife role. In her article, "The Importance of Work," Friedan uses several means of persuasion and different types of rhetorical strategies to describe the change in human identity.
The purpose of the Underground Railroad was to free slaves from the ownership of slave owners, and did just that. Over 100,000 thousand slaves were freed from slave owners, and they managed to live their own lives. While slaves escaping did bring about anti-black sentiment from the Southern States most clearly seen in the Fugitive Slave Act, it brought support for abolition because white people could see that all the slaves were just as human as the rest of them. This may not have changed their beliefs of inferiority, but it did change their beliefs that African Americans deserved such cruel treatment. After the awareness of the slaves’ capabilities and the living in communities with slaves, white people in the North that still supported slavery changed their stance after seeing first hand that black people, not just the few free blacks, were similar to everyone else.
Lydia Maria Child also devoted most of her life to the elimination of slavery in the United States. She saw the slavery as a matter of humanity. She expected Americans to sort out such issues in an amicable, common-sense, and ethical way. This meant she saw African-Americans had the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks. Consequently, she insisted that slavery was the infraction of the U.S. Constitution.
They agreed that slavery trespassed the most basic principle in the Declaration of Independence where it states, “All men are created equal” (pg 422). This shows how these two sides testifying their opinions about slavery could divide the nation. Many people in the North argue for the slavery to be banned (pg 397). However, Southern slave owners defend slavery because by their slaves, their production like cotton is increasing which is helping the South (pg 397). Another important evidence is
In early 19th century America, Antebellum reforms grew and spread across America attempting to bring democratic ideals to all parts of the American society, in giving equality to women, rehabilitating drunkards, and freeing blacks from slavery in the eyes of the whites and the blacks. Woman in Antebellum America wanted suffrage and equal opportunities in education and employment with men. Many wives and church members sought to convert and reform drunkards from their sinful drinking. The white abolitionist proclaimed equal rights for blacks, however, they wanted to limit the expansion of black rights to only abolishing slavery. The black abolitionist strived for the ultimate goal of freedom and equality for all blacks in America.