Essay about Slavery : A Lasting Impact On American Society

1273 Words Nov 4th, 2016 6 Pages
Slavery is undebatably one of the most violent, sinister, and wrongful events that took place in the US. While it was not always seen as immoral, slavery has a lasting impact on American society. Such an impact, this nation went to war over it. On one side there were the people that believed slavery benefitted the economy and civilized slaves, and on the other side were the abolitionist who emphasized the dehumanization of slavery. Frederick Douglass an abolitionist, orator, and former slave, makes an argument against slavery by utilizing the three main rhetorical strategies effectively: pathos, ethos, and logos. Douglass counters what his master said about the holidays, that breaks turn slave into lazy people when they are on break and to imagine how unproductive slaves would be like if they had complete freedom. Douglass doesn’t only verbally rebuts, he demonstrates it with the perseverance to become literate and educated.
Douglass present himself as an ethical and moral person to the reader through honesty and credibility. He was a slave, so the stories he depicts are going to be authentic. There’s no better explanation about slavery than hearing it from a slave. Slaves are the ones that can tell you every detail and every aspect of how life was structured for them. Douglass has to be honest for a great reason, if he were to lie, he would lose credibility. “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false and…

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