How Does Slavery Affect Us Today

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Title: “Slavery Still Affects American’s today.”
Position: To convince my audience that although slavery occurred years ago, it still negatively affects black people in America today.”
Pattern: Claim
• Attention getter: Hundreds of years ago blacks were taken from their homes, placed on ships where they were packed together and lived amongst their feces, and were brought to America where they were forced to work with no pay. Slave masters used brutal techniques and horrible methods of torture to control and manipulate black slaves.
Although slavery was abolished over 200 years ago, these brutal techniques and methods still plague the minds and emotions of blacks today.
• Motivation: As a result of these negative effects of slavery, the entire American
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Today I am here to convince you that although slavery happened hundreds of years ago, it still affects black people in America today.
• Preview: Slavery affects blacks today:
1. By the way they view themselves
2. By putting them at a setback educationally
TRANSTION: As a way to control and manipulate the slaves, slave masters used many different methods. One of which was the Willie Lynch theory
I. The Willie Lynch theory was a method used to make blacks turn against themselves and hate one another.
a. Willie Lynch sent a letter to slave owners explaining this theory
i. “In my bag here, I have a fool proof method for controlling black slaves. I guarantee every one of you that if installed correctly, it will control the slaves for at least 300 years. ( news, 2009)” In the letter he said “I have outlined a number of differences among the slaves; and I take these differences and make them bigger. I use fear, distrust, and envy for control purposes.” ii. Among these differences were differences in skin color, and hair
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