Frederick DouglassWhat To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?

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While reading Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” it is apparent that Frederick Douglass is arguing that to a slave or even an African American who was free, the Fourth of July is simply a tease directed to African Americans. This tease is made over and over again through the speech. There are many rhetorical approaches to express his emotions on the topic. Douglass starts by posing a few metaphorical questions. The purpose of these questions is to give his audience an implication that what is implied is not factual.
During the course of his speech, Douglass uses American history to show the youth of America and the strives taken on the road to freedom. This essentially validates that there was hope for the country, and how it is never too late for revolution. In his speech, Douglass even refers to the founding fathers to signify that though England was their government, settlers still opposed the government and came together to remove domination and cruelty. In my personal opinion, I think this shows similarities in the variety of thoughts towards slavery. The “objectors” joined forces for improvement because they were not backing slavery, as a result of this they quarreled with their government just like the founding fathers did.
In the speech, Douglass says that the founding fathers supported the idea of revolution, they thought the laws of England were unfair. In turn, they might be seen as or even contrasted to protestors who desired a

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