The, The Body, And The Conclusion

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Matthew J. Clavin uses the divisions in his book to his advantage, which allows the reader to clearly understand and follow the points that are being made. There are three notable sections of the book: the introduction, the body, and the conclusion. Within the introduction, Clavin begins by discussing Wendell Phillips’ speech that was delivered in 1862 to about two thousand spectators entitled “Toussaint Louverture.” Within this speech, he told of the Haitian revolution and then connected it to its relevance within the United States specifically at the time during the Civil War. For his primarily American audience, this introduction is an effective one that drives the reader’s desire to continue on with additional chapters. There is an understanding that the reader knows some information regarding the Haitian Revolution which allows Clavin to delve into specifics about certain occurrences rather than covering the general history. For instance, Matthew Clavin intentionally includes specific lines that were included in Phillips’ speech like this tremendously powerful quote that was delivered by Toussaint Louverture to his French captors, “’you think you have rooted up the tree of liberty, but I am only a branch; I have planted the tree of liberty so deep that all France can never root it up’” (2). Toward the end of the delivery, Philips asserts his opinion on Louverture’s power compared to other heros: “’I would call him Napoleon, but Napoleon made his way to empire

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