Over The Course History, There Has Been A Gradual Progression

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Over the course history, there has been a gradual progression towards obtaining universal civil rights for all people regardless of race, religion, gender, or culture. Certain individuals, such as Abraham Lincoln, John Stuart Mill, and Christine de Pizan have left permanent marks on public opinion because of their large and effective contributions to that progress. The tone and method of the arguments they made for the attainment of universal human rights have cemented its advancement. Even though most of the populace has not always accepted the importance of human rights, these writers wrote arguments which effectively helped convince the majority of their validity. Effective arguments on slavery and women’s rights have incorporated…show more content…
Former slaves would probably work less, leading to an increase in demand for workers, which would then increase wages. These arguments, based on societal good, appealed to the undecided citizens of the time and helped turn the tide of opinion against slavery. Abraham Lincoln was also careful not to alienate anyone by way of using harsh language. When he brought up the statements of his political opponent Stephen Douglas, he was careful not to impugn his character. For example, Douglas said he thought that the Declaration of Independence was applicable only to British citizens living at the time of its creation, which Lincoln said implied that the statements of the Declaration did not apply to Germans, French, or citizens of other countries. Lincoln prudently asserted in his argument that he did not think Douglas was trying to deprive rights from non-British citizens, only that his argument would lead to that outcome. By doing this, Lincoln is allowing Douglas supporters to gracefully change their mind by not implying that all of them are trying to take rights away from non-British families. Lincoln’s ability to focus the argument on the issue at stake rather than personally attacking his debater increased the efficacy of his rationalizations. Finally, Lincoln argues about the implications for justice that slavery has. For a generic black woman, Lincoln said: “it is her natural right to eat bread”
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