Essay about Frederick Douglass And The Anti Slave Movement

700 Words Mar 17th, 2016 3 Pages
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was an abolitionist publisher and orator in the anti-slave movement. He was born in to slavery and escaped in 1838. He was invited to speak about how the Fourth of July meant for the black population in the U.S. In acceptance, Douglass presented his speech in Rochester, New York on July 5th 1852. In his speech, he attacks the irony and hypocrisy of the nation’s patriotic holiday that celebrates freedom and independence, while most of the black population were still enslaved.
In the first part of Douglass’s speech, he goes into the history of the revolutionary war. He supports the victories of the American revolution and the political ideology of the founding “fathers”. He also states his support for the Declaration of Independence. Although he praises the political ideology of freedom, he points out the fact that people at the time still considered abolition as a dangerous and controversial political idea. Douglass then states that his main purpose of his speech was not to give praise, but to urge people to maintain their freedom and beyond. He asks this rhetoric question:
“Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us [blacks]?”
He points out his thesis by saying “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.” This is the point of his speech where he criticizes how the patriotic holiday is celebrated by the white people. He states that for a black man to be asked…

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