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A Brief History of Frederick Douglass an African American That Spoke His Mind in a Humble Way by Giving a Speech on Independence Day
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Frederick Douglass is a person that spoke his mind in a humble way of which ignorant people would have trouble understanding because they perceive him as stupid because of his skin color He used his opportunity of giving an Independence Day speech to express the true meaning of what the holiday means to the African American He spoke in an elegant manner a language that one would never discern as lame Frederick Douglass legitimizes his dissent of slavery based upon three reasons 1 the experiences the forefathers of the nation faced 2 the Declaration of Independence and 3 the interpretation of Religion By supporting these three points in an emotional fashion he picks apart and critiques of what not only the holiday means to the African Americans but how the way this society functions means to the African Americans as well Douglasss dissent of the wrongdoing of slavery is legitimized by the examples the forefathers portrayed against England The forefathers of the United States had conflicts with the English government and fought for an idea of what they believed was correct the idea of which the power of a nation came from the people Douglass starts off his speech by congratulating the citizens for their political freedom page 182 stressing the importance of recognizing the forefathers of this country and reiterates their reasoning He does this in a clever manner and also has an objective for doing so By mentioning There is consolation in the thought that American is young he expresses his hope for all people to turn for the better page 183 I assume that by discussing the experiences of the forefathers Douglass expected the white majority in America to realize the decadence that slavery has caused within our society The Declaration of Independence is a document that has caused speculation amongst arguments of all sorts We have seen this through the Workers Declaration of Independence as well as the
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