Throughout Frederick’s speech, he repeatedly would ask the crowd uncomfortable questions and somewhat “guilt-trap” the people, example being “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?”. He truly showed how personal slavery was and that it was something that he needed to stand up for.
In 1841 he lobbied successfully for the abolition of the sojourner law, which permitted slave owners to visit the state briefly with their slaves. He also lectured on behalf of the Fugitive Aid Society. An active reporter on education to the black national convention movement of the 1850s, he was secretary of the 1853 (July 6-8) convention in Rochester, New York. He spoke out against the American Colonization Society and Garnet's African Civilization Society. In 1849 Reason, along with J. W. C. Pennington and Frederick Douglass, sponsored a mass demonstration against colonization at Shiloh Presbyterian Church in New York City.
Speaker: The persona that Loguen takes on is one that is a neighbor and citizen of Syracuse that is concerned, rather then an abolitionist. Despite his furious-like tone throughout the speech, he stays in character as a normal black person that is apart of the community, and reminds the audience of their rights as humans. Style: Loguen’s style consists of first-person perspective and the pronoun “I”, when explaining his life as a slave. This is effective because
Stand Up! As we look throughout history, one could argue, that we couldn’t find a more appalling and unjust act as that of slavery. Slavery played a major part of not only history but of an innumerable amount of American people. In David Walker’s “Appeal in Four Articles” and Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”, two men of African American descent struggle with the reality of slavery and the cruel results and effect it had on people like themselves. Walker was a free black man living in Boston who had a unique view of slavery.
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).
African-Americans have metaphorically been given a “bad cheque”. The social Temperature is rising but they will seek justice through doing what is right, not through resorting to violence and civil disorder. Black and white people will walk together towards a better future, acknowledging the suffering that many have already undergone in this cause. King tells them not to despair because he has a ‘dream', 'hope’ and ‘faith’. If they all dream the same dream, they will be “free at last”.
I concluded that Smith and his friends were right, that the Constitution, which was inaugurated to, form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general warfare, and secure the blessing of liberty” (Oates,page 109, part 16) . In that passage Douglass believed that even though he was a black man living in the north he believed that the Constitution was more geared towards the white man. The blacks felt excluded for consideration as members of society and had few rights. I feel that even though the North were free states, some of the blacks feared that the would still be treated inferior to the whites, even if they were born a slave or bought their freedom. That’s why I feel he wanted to be a part of the political abolitionist, the Liberty Party.
Instead of preaching that one day the blacks would have equality and preaching wrong, Booker T. Washington preached to them that being equal is not what it is all about. He did this so the blacks would not lose faith and eventually give their hopes up on being equal. They ended up focusing on themselves and their brothers and dealt with the system. They accepted themselves as blacks into this nation. In today's day and age for example, there are people who are still racist, people who don't accept blacks because of their color and culture, but today blacks understand that and accept it.
His refusal to give up and even die for the sake of this “holy cause” is very moving and brought people to oppose slavery. “All men are created equal” as stated in the Declaration of Independence was not entirely true and Garrison stood by that and the truths of divine revelation (Document E). Another important piece of literature that brought attention to life as a slave was a narrative from a slave himself, Frederick Douglass. Douglass was a former slave who fought with a white man who oversaw him. This specific fight made Douglass very eager for freedom.
He accurately illustrated the harsh realities that the slaves endured and made a lasting impression by making the point that slaves are not property to be owned and sold, that they are people and they deserve to be treated like human beings. Wendell Phillips was inspired after hearing Garrison speak for the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1835. From then on, his efforts included public speaking and writing a vast number of pamphlets and documents to support their cause. Their words and documents had been preserved to further influence history for generations. Because of their valiant efforts, the abolition