Benjamin Banneker on Slavery in America

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Discrimination and degeneration of different races had once lasted for two centuries in America. Those trafficked by white people became slaves sold in auctions were commonly abused by their masters. Slaves were compelled to perform labor everyday for seven years until they are released. Benjamin Banneker was son of a former slaves, a man who wrote a letter Thomas Jefferson regarding to the possibility to abolish slavery. Through the use of emotional diction, tone, and religious allusion, Banneker emphasizes his idea of freeing slaves of America. Banneker’s word choice takes a large role in his letter considering how it represents his bold stance and idea to Jefferson. Banneker used compelling detailed phrases in his sentences, in particular “I entreat you on the variety of dangers to which you were exposed” (Line 4), “It was now, sir, that your abhorrence thereof was so excited, that you publickly held forth this true and valuable doctrine,”(Line 17), “But, sir, how pitiable is it to reflect that although you were so fully convinced of the benevolence of the Father of mankind and of his equal and impartial distribution of those rights and privileges which he had conferred upon them” (Line 30), “That you should at the same time counteract his mercies in detaining by fraud and violence so numerous a part of my brethren under groaning captivity and cruel oppression”(Line 35). The phrases, “I entreat you” (Line 4), “your abhorrence thereof was so excited” (Line 17), “how

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