As the war progressed, it seemed like a bold move for Abraham Lincoln to emancipate slaves because the South depended on slaves, and it was overall for the betterment of America. The issue of slavery separating the government into two sides was not effective for America. He was trying to prevent future generations of representatives from arguing over this issue, because it does not help the country get better. The North knew that during the war it would not matter, but they disconnected the South to its economic catalyst. He was named ‘The Great Emancipator’ because of the actions he took in office.
During the Civil war, Doug... ... middle of paper ... ...thony]" (49). The slave holder was not above satisfying his sexual urges by the usage of black slaves. The book was easily digested and powerful yet Douglass softened the tone by not becoming graphic when he had every right to do so. This was the first publication of the book and it would be interesting to see how much "gentler" he was by the third rewrite. Published by the Anti Slavery Committee, it was definitely biased against the slave holder but Douglass seemed to write fairly of his experiences especially since he was able to relate both good and bad experiences with his slave owners.
Stating that the president “took too long to make decisions regarding emancipation and the enlistment of black troops.” On August 10, 1863, Douglass and Lincoln met for the first time. Douglass was impressed as Lincoln received him as any other gentlemen and his patience in which he listened and replied. But it was not until their second meeting on August 25, 1864, that their relationship grew into a friendship. Lincoln was concerned that slaves in the South were not coming North because they did not know about the Emancipation Proclamation. Douglass pointed out “the masters had ways to keep news of the proclamation away from slaves.” Lincoln asked Douglass to devise a plan to spread the word of emancipation to the slaves in the South, which Douglass agreed to.
Equiano claims their treatment of slaves was not nearly as terrible compared to the slavery of the New World. Based on this insight, Africans were not new to the idea of slavery, but were shocked at how horribly different they were treated. Despite this insight, there is a limitation because Equiano wrote his autobiography as an older man, meaning that his childhood memories were not easily recollected. In addition, in chapter 2 Equiano was kidnapped and made his way to the coast and aboard a slave ship. Equiano felt astonished and scared in the new situation he was in with the strange men.
Lincoln had a preliminary proclamation back in September 22, 1862. The reason President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation was because, "slaves in Confederate states which were not back in the union by then would be free, but slaves in the border states were not affected. The president knew the proclamation was a temporary military measure and only congress could remove slave permanently, but had the satisfaction of seeing the 13th Amendment pass a few months before his death." In other words Lincoln wanted to give slave states their rights of freedom, but the slaves along the border wouldn 't get that right of freedom because of where they were located and who they were for. He hoped the 13th amendment would back up his plan of the emancipation proclamation.
Lincoln’s speech, during August of 1862, he reiterated the fact that he would put forth his official duty ahead of his own personal wish that “all men, everywhere, could be free”. The people needed a leader they could trust at this time and with the Civil War in its second year, they needed someone who wasn’t going to make this war about race and instead focus on the country. Whether Mr. Lincoln could end slavery all together, somewhat, or not at all, he would do that in order to make the country whole again. (Doc. 6) While there are critics that attempt to make President Lincoln out to be a war monger and a radical abolitionist, if you really do your research, you will see that he was doing everything he could to be a good president.
These friends, although he was once free and most of them were not, had many things in common with Northup, and they all had similar views on slavery. A third positive experience that Solomon wrote about was when the officials came to Ebbs’ plantation to take him back North to freedom, which Ebbs could not believe. Although Ebbs wasn’t happy about it, Solomon was excited to go back to the North and his family. Being reunited with his family after ... ... middle of paper ... ...gainst it. Obviously during the time period when slavery occurred, there were opposing opinions about the topic: majority of the South was proslavery and majority of the North was antislavery.
Douglass was able to explain to his audience the double standards they were having by wanting their freedom from their mother country, but not wanting to give it to African Americans living within their own states. Douglass brought it to attention that the nation was celebrating a “freedom” that was not truly a “freedom” because it was not being given to all. Douglass was able to consciously put the American people in the shoes of slaves for a moment, and to feel their pain. His use of Aristotelian Argumentation helps convey his messages effectively. Douglass’ speech to a group of abolitionists in Rochester, New York on Independence Day of 1852 is one of the most powerful speeches ever given in American history.
We will see other themes later on when we talk about his speech “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July.” Other themes were touched such as: ignorance as a tool of slavery and knowledge as a path to freedom. Slaves were prohibited to learn. The more ignorant, the better. Frederick even said that: “Very soon after I went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Auld, she very kindly commenced to teach me the A, B, C. After I had learned this, she assisted me in learning to spell words of three or four letters. Just at this point of my progress, Mr. Auld found out what was going on, and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her, among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to
Douglass being able to read was significant because it made him an empowered black man. If Frederick Douglass never learned to read, he would not have been the political activist he was. He would have probably never escaped nor would he have shared the knowledge he gained. The institution of slavery affected both blacks as well as whites. The white and black children could not understand why they could not be friends with each other.