Coon Dog Sounder Book Report

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Over the past five hundred years, African Americans have struggled immensely for their freedom and civil rights. Back in the 1600’s, Africans were brought over to the United States, chained and shackled together for slavery. There have been many African American leaders who used their powers to their full potential and have risked more than their life to help others. This has been a movement the nation has been fighting and working for to make it the way it is today. Equality is the upmost important aspect in making this country one of a kind. The book Sounder is about an African American family in the nineteenth century, living in the south with their coon dog Sounder. The book portrays the message of segregation and the hard times…show more content…
A lot of these leaders were born into slavery and escaped, passing on powerful messages to the people to come together and fight for their rights. I found Fredrick Douglas to be a good example of one who was born into slavery. He had a slave mom and a white dad that resulted in him being sent to another plantation to be a servant because of his color. In 1838, Douglas escaped and became part of an Anti-Slavery Society in 1841. He gave a powerful speech on the fourth of July addressing his fellow African Americans called ‘What, to the Slave, is the Fourth of July.’ He portrays how all of America celebrates Independence Day with their political freedom. “May he not hope that high lessons of wisdom, of justice and of truth, will yet give direction to her destiny? Were the nation older, the patriot’s heart might be sadder and the reformer’s brow heavier. Its future might be shrouded in gloom in the hope of it prophets go out in sorrow. There is consolation in the thought that America is young” (Douglas, 1852). This message shows the courage and strength he has in saying how great of a country it is, but has its dark side that needs to be changed
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