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In his speech What to the Slave is the Fourth of July Frederick Douglass passionately argues that to the slave and even to the freed African American the Fourth of July is no more than a mockery of the grossest kind Douglas uses many rhetorical strategies to convey his powerful emotions on the subject and the end result is a very effectively argued point Douglass begins by asking a series of rhetorical questions not without the use of sarcasm He refers to that Declaration of Independence instead of the Declaration of Independence to stress the separation between his people and those who are not oppressed In the next paragraph he continues to ask rhetorical questions The purpose of all these questions is to give the audience the perspective that what is suggested is not truly so He did not choose to give a speech on the holiday that his people are reminded of the injustice forced upon them in order to express gratitude and joy for the independence of America because he does not share in any of that joy because he does not share in any of that independence The third paragraph is where the line is visibly drawn for the audience No more rhetorical questions at this point The truth is laid out the separation is made clear Douglass prolifically uses the terms you and me us and them to stress the fact that this holiday is of a double-meaning and for his people it is a day of mourning while for the rest of them it is a day of blind joy In the text such words are italicized meaning that while he gave the speech he made sure to put emphasis on these words in a way that would be comparable to squeezing the pressure points of his audience you An interesting point can be brought up at this moment his immediate audience during the delivery of this speech in July
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