Frederick Douglass And His Speech

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Frederick Douglass was an African American who escaped from slavery in 1838. After buying his own freedom in 1847, Douglass created The North Star, an abolitionist newspaper, and also wrote an autobiography. Douglass became a well respected author, and in 1852 was asked to give a speech in Rochester New York. In his speech the The Meaning of July Fourth to the Negro, which was delivered in Rochester New York on July 5, 1852. Douglass spoke of the nation 's problems with hypocrisy, and mistreatment of African Americans. Celebrating freedom and equality, yet there were millions of slaves who were being kept within America 's borders. Douglass’ audience was for the abolitionist who came to hear his speech, but his words influenced all. Douglass used ethos, pathos and logos to get his point across. His purpose of his speech was to rally up the abolitionist, and show other American people how wrong and hypocritical they’re being. The audience of Frederick Douglass’ Fourth of July speech was intended for those who are uninformed of slavery. His speech was in Rochester New York, where many people may not know about the injustice slaves experience. He uses examples that show some may not understand what blacks endure and what their “freedoms” really are. Douglass says “July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony.” He implies that this celebration that rejoices freedom and equality, is not a celebration for blacks, but a hypocritical celebration for whites. These people are expected to know about the Constitution, and the fact that Frederick Douglass is a very credible person. While speaking to the audience he says “...dare to call in question and to den... ... middle of paper ... ... some, if not paying attention, may not catch. By using emotions to cover up his uses of rhetoric. The text doesn 't use much logic to persuade the audience, but in a few cases, Douglass uses the number of slaves to make a point the gratitude of slavery. He says ¨millions of slaves¨ to try and remind those great this problem is. The use of logos wasn 't needed because slavery is better described with emotional, and personal stories or beliefs, not logical facts. Douglass knew this and didn 't use much logos because other rhetoric would be more persuasive. Frederick Douglass was effective in his persuasion. He made people realize how wrong the celebration of July Fourth really is. To celebrate freedom when millions are in captivity is just mockery. Douglass was very clear about how wrong these actions were, and he was very important to the slavery movement.
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