Analysis Of Sigourney's Slavery

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Paper 2 “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Almost anyone in the United States can tell where this famous quote is from because it is from one of our very important American documents The Declaration of Independence. The Second Continental Congress met up on July 1,1776 to discuss The Declaration of Independence, and the next day 12 of the 13 colonies signed to declare independence from Great Britain. The Congressmen spent two days revising the declaration made up by Thomas Jefferson. On July 4,1776, The Declaration of Independence was signed, and July 4th became Independence Day. July 4th was a day to celebrate independence, but everyone wasn’t celebrating because everyone wasn’t independent. The people I am referring to are slaves. Slaves didn’t get their independence until 1865. Thomas Jefferson wanted to abolish slavery when the declaration of independence was …show more content…
Sigourney talks about the eagle flying, the American flag flying, music playing in celebration etc. I think that Sigourney used the Fourth of July as the setting for this poem to put emphasis on how slaves were not free. The whole point of the declaration of independence was for the United States to obtain their freedom from Great Britain, but the US was treating slaves like Great Britain was treating them. The people of the US were never actually slaves to Great Britain, but they were controlled by Great Britain. The United States was controlling slaves, and doing slaves more harm than Great Britain ever did to the people in the US. In my opinion what happened to the slaves is worse that what the US had to go through while they were controlled by Great

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