Frederick Douglass Rhetorical Analysis

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August 1619, aboard the Dutch man-of-war ship, twenty Africans seventeen of which were males and three that of women arrived at the English colony of Jamestown (Hopkins 13). The future of these Africans laid the foundation for the “New World” and the coming of white supremacy. America was built on white bigotry which dehumanized African-Americans by enslaving them for years. Abolitionist leader, Frederick Douglass, uses different approaches in his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass to encourage his audience to abolish slavery. Knowledgeable that his audience is primarily white Christian males, including both slave owners and abolitionists he offers evidence to illustrate how slavery is unethical. Douglass uses his personal experiences, intense graphic detailed atrocities, and the manipulation of religion to demonstrate the hardships of an American slave.
From being born into slavery, to growing up vulnerable, and to the emotions he suffered through it all, he uses his personal experiences to allow his audience to get an understanding of the reality of slavery. Being the result of an illegitimate offspring between a white owner and slave woman, Douglass grew up alone. At infancy he was stripped from his mother and never got the opportunity to have a relationship with her before she died (Douglass 1172). Additionally, he didn’t know of his father either, only that he was a white man. The only possible way a slave was able to trace the father, the white owner, was
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