What The Slave Is The Fourth Of July Analysis

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By the 1850’s many Americans in the North began to oppose slavery in the South because many thought slavery to be religiously wrong and immoral. Additionally, slavery was causing a political division between slave and free states, and was coming in the way of the national growth of the United States. Moreover, the horror of how slavery was practiced, religious values, and the political crisis slavery were the main features of slavery that were affecting and influencing the opinions of Northerners. Those Americans who lived in the North didn’t’ just have a moral enlightenment. In the early 19th century, reform movements began to develop that engaged many Northerners in the abolitionist movement. Lectures, essays, books, and pamphlets were being…show more content…
Many Northerners would travel to hear his detailed speeches on his experience being a slave. In his speech, What the slave is the Fourth of July, Douglass points out that a country based on liberty and who boasts on “national greatness” is committing a sin. “…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”(Douglass). Additionally, in the book, Twelve Years a Slave, Bass, a native of Canada, makes a similar argument. “…it’s all wrong-all wrong sir-there’s no justice nor righteousness in it…Now in the sight of God, what is the difference, Epps, between a white man and a black one”(Northup, p.123)? Douglass points out Americas crimes against God in hopes that Americans would acknowledge how religious and morally wrong slavery is. Similarly, Bass points out a corresponding argument, on how slavery is unjust, while speaking with Epps. Ultimately, both abolitionists hoped to persuade Americans/Northerners away from slavery by addressing the evils of slavery and its threat to religious
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