Comparing Frederick Douglass and Charles Langston Essay

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Comparing Frederick Douglass and Charles Langston Throughout America’s history, many influential and historical figures have given significant speeches to impact views of the people. For example, Frederick Douglass and Charles Langston are powerful speakers who try to convince the white community that slavery should be abolished. Of the two distinctive speakers, Douglass is more persuasive and outspoken than Langston. As a former slave, Douglass uses his tragic experiences to bring life and passion into his words. While Langston addresses his audience in a mild manner, Douglass seems to be more adamant and strong in his beliefs and views. Even though they approach their audiences differently, both touch upon a few similar…show more content…
laws are biased and unjust. He brings up examples of such laws by pointing out that even free black men are subject to arrest at any time. A white man is able to take any black man and say that he is a runaway slave. The supposed “slave” is then taken to court to either receive the sentence that he is a runaway slave or that he is indeed, a free man. However, because the courts are corrupt and tend to be prejudiced, the accused runaway “slave” usually does not receive a fair trial. “The Fugitive Slave Law makes mercy to them, a crime; and bribes the judge who tries them. An American judge gets ten dollars for every victim he consigns to slavery, and this hell-black enactment, to send the most pious and exemplary black man into the remorseless jaws of slavery! His own testimony is nothing.” (222). Douglass fervently appeals to the crowd by pouring his soul and feelings into his speech. Langston, however, has an entirely different approach. He speaks calmly and definitely lacks the fire that Douglass brings into his speech. Langston says, “The law under which I am arraigned is an unjust one, one made to crush the colored man, and one that outrages every feeling of humanity, as well as every rule of right.” (234). He feels that, due to prejudice, a colored man will obviously receive an unfair trial. Langston includes the remark, “Black men have no rights which white men are bound to respect.” (236). Langston and Douglass have the same

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