The Goals Of Frederick Douglass

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Faye Saied
Mrs. Huffaker
English 11 Period 4
August 30, 2017
Have the goals of Frederick Douglass been achieved?
The Civil War is widely regarded as the bloodiest war in US history. Roughly 620,000 soldiers died fighting both for and against the abolition of slavery. During this era, many advocates for the abolition of slavery gave speeches in order to convince the nation of the evils of the institution of slavery. One of the most important of these advocates was a former slave named Frederick Douglass who became literate while a slave and gave many speeches to many different audiences. In Frederick Douglass’ speech to the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society on July 5, 1852, entitled ¨What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?¨, he presents his goals of abolishing slavery and enforcing equality between people of color and white people. Although legally it appears that his goals have been accomplished, the mindset and inequality of Douglass’ time still exists, and it is becoming more prevalent in the US.
Frederick Douglass declares his goals for the United States of America were to abolish slavery and enforce equality between people of color and white people on multiple occasions. In his speech to the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society on July 5, 1852, entitled ¨What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?¨, he exclaims ¨I will … dare to call into question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery-the great sin and
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