Narrative Of The Life Of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

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Keely Shrout HIST 312 Professor Reed May 2, 2016 Word Count: 1,871 w/ quotes; ~1,500 w/o quotes The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Term Paper In this essay, I will be examining how Frederick Douglass arranges an artful argument against slavery by employing ethos, pathos, and logos through specific examples of the dehumanizing effects of slavery, how religion is used in the Antebellum South, and the specific treatment of enslaved black women. In the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, one of the chief things Douglass discusses is the inevitability—and even necessity of—dehumanization in slavery. Throughout the book, he provides us with an abundance of examples wherein slaveholders consciously employ tactics that deny enslaved people’s personhood, thus allowing for the continued existence of slavery in the Antebellum South. Furthermore, in these examples, Douglass makes a point of noting that slavery does not solely dehumanize slaves, but both slave and master alike—that slave masters must deny the humanity inside to allow and participate in the continual subjugation and abuse of slaves under their care; in other words, to be a slave master is to not only debase your slaves, but also yourself. This becomes most transparent with the transformation of Sophia Auld, as discussed below. One of the most important tools that slaveholders use to deny enslaved people’s personhood, Douglass impresses on us, is to altogether
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