The ability to use words to share ideas dates back to before religion existed, and yet look at what the Men and Women of Color have achieved in their short 300 years. Since 1741, men of color used their ability to reason and orate to share the horrors of slavery, banding together, often under the torture and scrutiny of the white government that oppressed them. Rhetoric of color has seen the fall of slavery, the fall of segregation, tougher laws against racism, the rise of the Civil Rights movement, and the beginning of the #blacklivesmatter movement. For a group of individuals who were once deemed three-fifths of a person, they have accomplished much. One main accomplishment that began before the Civil Rights Movement was the registration of black voters.
Few years later, he wrote his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, explaining his experiences with slavery. He later than wrote a speech for which was to be announced to the white Christian men of the South explaining . This was announced on the Fourth of July. Douglass was told to tell the audience how he felt about the Fourth Of July. Both The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and “What, to a slave, is the Fourth of July” are absolutely different from each other according to the message it sends to the audience.
An abolitionist, a former slave, and Republican Statesman Frederick Douglass had given a moving speech “What to the Slave is The Fourth Of July” to an audience of white New York Abolitionists in the year 1852. In addition, Douglass’s purpose of the speech is to emphasize the meaning of the Fourth of July to slaves and how the white men have a sense of freedom while the slave has to deal with the reality of what the day means to them. In the speech, Douglass had created a harsh tone to discuss the importance of anti-slavery. Douglass begins his speech by explaining the idea of what a slave may think of the Fourth of July because he had been a slave and by expressing the way he feels about the holiday that represents freedom for the people in the United States. He calls upon the audience by asking them a question using an interrogative sentence “[...] allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here today?” (P.1) Nevertheless, Douglass’s interaction with the audience allows them to reflect upon themselves and ask why he is speaking because that is what he thinks himself.
A writer can do this by changing one word to another word to change the meaning. For example, in paragraph 2, he uses the word Negro instead of using the term African American. In the speech he says “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.” When he used the term Negro in the beginning of his speech he brought to light that African Americans were labeled as Negro Salves. The appeal being used was Logos because he is stating the facts about African Americans and how they are labeled as Negro
“What to the slave is the Fourth of July?” Rhetorical Analysis In “What to the slave is the Fourth of July?” Fredrick Douglass, a former slave bough his freedom in 1847 as well as a leading figure in the antislavery movement, planned to criticize a free white man’s joy while there is slavery going on. Douglass’s purpose is to direct his opinion to the hypocrisy of the nation that celebrates Independence Day even though at the same time they had 4 million slaves imprisoned. The writer creates a harsh tone in order to emphasize the importance of antislavery. While at the same time, he adopts a scathing tone in order to evoke a sympathetic feel from the free white men in the audience. To begin, Douglass uses ethos to state his opinion about slavery, which is accurate because he was once a slave and knows what it feels like to be treated unfairly.
Frederick Douglass’s speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”, discusses the irony of celebrating the freedom that slaves cannot enjoy. He delivered the speech in 1853, about a decade before the Emancipation Proclamation, to an anti-slavery society. He criticizes America and its privileged citizens for its selective freedom, where only a few people inherit the riches of the past, and how American slaves are not granted the same independence as their white counterparts. Celebration of this day, to Douglass, is “America [being] false to the past, false to the present, and… false to the future” (74). Seeing how people are content with the achievements of the past and allowing them to define the future while ignoring the injustice of his time, Douglass felt the need to cast off this attitude and express exactly how he views slavery.
James Baldwin is an activist and writer that was born and raised in Harlem that stood for equality within the black community. Baldwin is the grandson of a former slave and was the oldest of nine children where he grew up in poverty. At the age of fourteen, he discovered his passion for writing and reading by his hobby was going to libraries. As year He published his first book in 1955 known as Notes of a Native Son. The novel Notes of a Native Son by James Baldwin displays a collection of essays of where he critiques racism and examines the culture of Blacks in White America.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s overall tone in his speech is determination; determination to gain equality for all races and colors and for the nation to unite in fighting the injustices of inequality in America in the 1950’s. I Have A Dream, is all about his dream that one day all the injustices in the world will one day disappear. The use of diction brings the reader towards his tone of determination , contributing to his overall feelings towards his mission of wanting freedom and equality, which he portrays throughout the entire speech. King uses bold words repetitively such as "freedom" "dream" and “justice” to open his argument that equality will bring freedom to the black community. He encourages everyone to assemble as a country, when he states, “With this faith, we will be able to
Are African Americans really abused? How bad is the issue of racism? He asks these questions, since he was blind for part of his life and could not tell whether or not someone was a person of color or white. His thesis is that he will see the effects of being an African American over time. This is not the case, as he realizes that the pigment of your skin effects the way people look at you instantly.
The white man’s happiness cannot be purchased by the black man’s misery.” Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, or better known as Frederick Douglass, was an African-American who supported the abolition of slavery in the nineteenth century. Slave-born of an unknown father, Frederick Douglass taught himself how to write and read- even though it was a crime for black people to learn- and became one of the most eloquent orator, and writer during the nineteenth century. With his great passion of wanting to demolish slavery, he gained thousands and thousands of black people, and even white people, who supported him in the abolition of slavery. His antislavery not only reached the United States, but even Great Britain. Abandoned first by his mother and then by his grandmother, then passing through very
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.