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The white mans happiness cannot be purchased by the black mans misery-Fredrick Douglass The North StarHis point was clear all those years ago As Fredrick Douglass presented his thoughts in front of the citizens of Rochester in 1852 they came expecting to hear a proclamation of national greatness a celebration of liberty on the fourth of July Instead they heard a stirring denunciation of slavery and the white American way of life Ex-Slave Fredrick Douglass was asked by local leaders to deliver a speech as part of their Fourth of July celebration in front of a crowd whose majority was undoubtedly whiteWheeler They most likely approved of slavery possibly even owning slaves themselvesPayne Little did they know that Douglass was preparing to use this opportunity to let White America know that this is a celebration of white independence not Black independence He let them know that the white Fourth of July has a completely different meaning to the Negro men and women who still have not gained their independence from the white Americans who now celebrate theirs The phrase all men are created equalconstitution to these men and women seems to be a blatant lie and Douglas is able to take this opportunity to bring this to the audiences attention Douglass is doing many things with is phrasing in this speech He is both accusing his audience and informing them He is also both arguing and persuading them He accomplishes this feat by using clear cut and undeniable logic His main arguments against slavery consisted of two very simple principals First he says that Black men are not animals and do not deserve to be treated as suchWilliams He says that when we are unable to distinguish the slave from a brute then I will argue with you that the slave is a manDouglass Second he states that if Black and White men alike are able to work the
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