Essay about Fredrick Douglass - Fourth of July Oration

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On July 5th 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of history’s outstanding public speakers, carried out a very compelling speech at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York. Within that moment of time where the freedom of Americans was being praised and celebrated, he gathered the nation to clear up the tension among slavery and the establishment of the country’s goals. Frederick Douglass’s speech mentions the development of the young nation, the Revolution, and his own life experience. While speaking, his main subject was seen to be American slavery. The “Fourth of July Oration” was a commendable model of Frederick Douglass’s affection and engagement towards the freedom of individuals. Frederick Douglass’s speech left an impact on his audience …show more content…
Slaves’ future lives all depended on who would “win” them and buy them. For Douglass, it was unbearable to observe human beings cry in desperation and pain. Frederick’s mistress was the only person, besides himself, that was able to experience pure dismay; causing them to ache together and understand the terror. Frederick Douglass asks a very powerful and remarkable question to the audience of “Fourth of July Oration.” He merely asks what is the Fourth of July to an American slave. He simply answers his own question. He believed that the Fourth of July was a day that demonstrated the brutality and the inhuman actions done to the victims of this torture. It was a day that demonstrated the terror more than any other day of the year. It was not a day of glorification, but simply a reminder of wrongdoing. Douglass was positive that there wasn’t any other place on earth that could have been responsible for such dreadful, appalling, and shameful manners, but only the United States of America. He mentions the job of a slave owner and what the slave-trade consists of. He uses the term swine drover. Swine drovers are those who enter Southern states, weapons in hand. They would treat men, women, and children like animals, “reared like swine for the market.” (p. 267) The victims of these swine drovers would be chained and taken from their family. Men were looked upon as horses, while women were analyzed by slave-buyers, specifically
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