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In Frederick Douglasss speech that was addressed on the Fourth of July at a meeting of the ladies anti-slavery society Douglass takes this opportunity to demoralize the institution of slavery In his speech Douglass uses ethos pathos and logos to influence his audience The purpose of this speech was to tell people why slaves should be set free This argument was effective because he throws the oppositions words right in the white Americans face and he effectively analyzes the history of his argumentDouglass speech begins with rhetorical questions so that the audience would perceive what he was saying was not true Douglass speech beginsFellow-citizens pardon me allow me to ask why am I called upon to speak here to-day What have I or those I represent to do with your national independence Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice embodied in that Declaration of Independence extended to us And am I therefore called upon to bring our humble offering to the national altar and to confess the benefits and express devout gratitude for the blessings resulting from your independence to us Douglass1852 The meaning of this was to inform the audience that is celebrated by you the Americans and not us the slaves This speech was delivered at a time when African American slavery was still legal and Douglass found this occasion perfect to argue the debate about slavery in America The fact they even let him speak implied that they did not understand that the Fourth of July is not celebrated by all men Knowing that the audience is clueless Douglass uses an aggressive approach to reach his audience making the tone of his voice passive aggressiveThe rich inheritance of justice liberty prosperity and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you not by me The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to
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