Analysis Of Frederick Douglass 's ' The Slave ' Essay

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Frederick Douglass, in his speech entitled What to the Slave is the 4th of July, uses rhetoric in a way that closely mirrors how Socrates would feel in respects to the True, the Good, and the Beautiful. He believes that justice is an important step to being equal, that the State is being inconsistent with its application of justice compared to what it actually believes, and that those who still participate in the American slave-trade are doing something completely unjust and not being punished for it. Socrates believed that justice was absolutely necessary for people to have equality. Frederick Douglass agrees, arguing that black men, even in the free states in the North, have no right to justice, and therefore no equality. Socrates says that “justice is equality”(Gorgias, 489a). Plato states here that in order for a person to have equality, they must be treated justly by those who have power over him. In 1852, the Fugitive Slave Law allowed for the deportation of innocent black men and women, most of whom had not ever been enslaved. The judges that heard the cases were bribed “10 dollars to every victim he consigns to slavery, and five, when he fails to do so” (Douglass). Even if that weren’t the case, any black man brought before the judge has no ability to defend, “His own testimony is nothing. He can bring no witnesses for himself.” (Douglass) while the slave traders are free to make any arguments against him they can. Douglass argues that there is no justice for black…

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