Frederick Douglass and William Lloyd Garrison were the most famous abolitionists who spoke out publicity against slavery, racial discrimination, and were strong supporters of women’s rights. Douglass himself escaped from slavery and went from courage to freedom. He published his autobiography “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass,” that is considered works of the narrative slave tradition and life learning lessons that he encountered. The narrative illustrates instances of Douglass courage on his journey. Freedom was not something that was given to him.
They fought each other to take control of slavery in America. After half of the Civil War had passed, President Lincoln had a significant speech in Gettysburg. It created people’s trust in Lincoln and motivated people fighting for anti-slavery. The president also mentioned that the United States passed through many obstacles to become a huge country, and he ensured that the Civil War was a test that would show that this nation can be long enduring. In my opinion, the Gettysburg Address is such a great speech because of its power opening, brevity, and a perusable ending.
Given that the slaves fought to end segregation, discrimination, and isolation as early as the 1600's; which shows how lengthy the fight was, and continues to be. Civil Rights leaders such as: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King' Ralph David Abernathy, Medger Evers, Malcolm X, Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson and President Abraham Lincoln; has
He was a Baptist minister as well as civil rights activist who fought for the rights and representation of the black Americans. He was against racial discrimination that was being perpetuated by the white counterparts. On the other hand, Nelson Mandela was born in South Africa in 1918, and he is still alive. He was one of the African leaders who have gone in the books of history for fighting tirelessly for the representation of Africans and Indians in the government. He was instrumental in bringing to an end the apartheid regime, which mistreated Africans by denying them land and other fundamental rights.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, like most other slave narratives was written by a former slave himself, however Uncle Tom’s Cabin was written by a white abolitionist and a woman. Both pieces of literature are very poignant, but it is interesting to look at either of them whilst knowing who wrote them. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Uncle Tom’s Cabin were both credited in helping fuel the abolitionist cause of the mid-nineteenth century and later the American Civil War. While both of these pieces of literature can be credited with giving the country a much needed push away from slavery, they
Lola Whitlow ENG102-Composition II Critically Reading a Position Essay-Part 2 a. The vivid imagery in Douglass’s speech gave the listeners a clear picture of exactly what the slaves endured. It gave them the opportunity to imagine “walking in the shoes” of a slave. Douglass’s description of the slave trade and its impact on individuals and families appealed to the following values: independence which the slaves did not have; basic values of what is right, good, or desirable (again, none were granted to the slaves); hard work and achievement (which was done by the slaves but was acknowledgement for it was given to the slave owners). He was giving an explicit speech about changes that needed to be made by strongly voicing to the audience that slaves did not have any place in the value structure.
Many died to hands of whites for their participation in these rebellions. Whites of the Southern states tried hard to keep slavery the way it was but with the steady growing number of free educated blacks in the Northern states grew the desire for slaves to obtain the same. In the North, blacks were able to obtain an education, work as well as own their own stores. Eventually, Abraham Lincoln got into office and many Southern Whites believed he sided on the abolishment of slavery so they made their states separate from that of the Northern portion of the United States. Lincoln supported the Union, which were the Northern States which held free blacks, and gave the Confederate States an ultimatum to join back with the Union or war will begin.
Even though Biography of a Runaway Slave was written much time later, way after the abolishment of slavery it’s intention was to give people a powerful descriptive story of what it was like to live in times that Esteban lived in our current times and it does a great job in telling a story of a runaway slave. Miguel’s style of writing shows true feelings of what Esteban felt about different types of slaves and what they meant to him. “Truth is that the blacks were honest.” (pg. 26) Many of the testimonials coming from Esteban are raw and he does not hold back. Every word is the truth and it gives a more sense of realness to the narrative.
Martin Luther King continues by referencing the Declaration of Independence and Abraham Lincoln, stating that great historical figures had realised the need for human rights of all people to be respected, but that the “Negro still lives on the lonely island of poverty”. Martin Luther King states that he felt this historical act was, in a way, a promise to all of mankind that equality would be met but “America had defaulted on this promissory note”. Mr King continues through this part of the speech with the belief that “justice” needs to be met and that this will enable the black community the “riches of freedom”. Martin Luther King continues, asking for these promises to finally be upheld or expect consequences from the black community, stating that it would be “fatal for the nation to overlook the urgency of the moment...And there will be neither rest nor tranquillity in America until the Negro is granted his citizenship rights”. Mr King then makes a plea towards the black population, asking them “not to be guilty of wrongful deeds”, to be disciplined and have dignity while this process played out.
Each group of reformers challenged the words of our founding fathers as stated in the Constitution, “…in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquillity,…promote the general welfare…to ourselves and our posterity…,” progressives were searching for a perfect union for every individual to be satisfied with. Many black American activists became increasingly popular during this time period, Booker T. Washington and W.E.B DuBois were the most prominent. Both varied greatly in terms of ways to gain and retain rights as American citizens. Booker T. Washington, an ex-slave himself, believed black