Biography of Frederick Douglass

analytical Essay
1030 words
1030 words

Frederick Douglass was a combative African American slave born the year of 1818 in Tuckahoe, Maryland who fought his slave breaker during an unfair dispute and beat him. He demonstrated how a man was turned into a slave since birth then how a slave was turned into a man. As a rebellious runaway slave that later became known as the greatest abolitionists in history believed in his liberty more than his own life. Not only was he one of the most scholarly and effective orators but he also became revolutionary. As one of the best-known black leaders in the nineteenth-century he was asked to deliver a speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July” to celebrate America’s independence from Britain. As an American slave he delivered this speech with an emotional content against America. His speech was seen as hypocrisy by not keeping up with the Declaration of Independence. However, as a former slave he was deprived from liberty for many years, which, makes America hypocritical by asking him to speak about liberty to the United States. Douglass rhetorically tells America, “Who so stolid and selfish that would not give his voice to swell the hallelujahs of a nation’s jubilee, when the chains of servitude had been torn from his limbs? I am not that man” (Douglass, 255) to make them see his point of view as a former slave talking about liberty. On July 5, 1852 Frederick Douglass was orating to America where he proclaimed “July fourth to be the bitterest reminder of America’s failed promise” (Douglass, 247). During this time the 1850 compromise was passed through congress where the Mason and Dixon line was established because of the controversy between the North and South. Some important parts were the 3/5th compromise in which a ... ... middle of paper ... ...y,” demonstrates that they do not follow what they worship to the fullest. He is using the religious aspect of African Diaspora to demonstrate his point that liberty should be extended to all citizens including African American. Another part of African Diaspora is the study of back to Africa, which was mentioned by Martin Robinson Delany. Delany and Douglass had two opposing view of Africans living in the U.S. Frederick Douglass believed in mainstream ideas and that America can one day end slavery and welcome them as citizens. On the other hand, Delany believed that was not possible because they needed a county of their own. Both views were part of African Diaspora as well as religion which all unite to make one movement for people of African Descent dispersed all over the world. Works Cited "what to the slave, is the fourth of July" (1852), pp. 246-268

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how frederick douglass was a combative african american slave born in 1818 who fought his slave breaker during an unfair dispute and beat him.
  • Analyzes how frederick douglass was abolitionist and critiquing america because he believed that the country could do better.
  • Analyzes how frederick douglass uses ethos, pathos, and logos to persuade his audience that his ideas are valid.
  • Analyzes how frederick douglass introduces the concept of african diaspora through his analogies of religion. he challenges america's principle about independence for all by charging them with hypocrisy.
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