The Abolitionist Movement Of Frederick Douglass And Harriet Beecher Stowe

2043 Words Jan 14th, 2015 9 Pages
Race relations are a problem that have plagued society for a number of centuries, from Columbus’ poor treatment of the Native Americans, to today’s plentiful race related stereotypes. Time after time, racism has been a horrible practice of some, while many have tried to eradicate the issue. Slavery was a particularly dark period of race relations in America, in the form of white men who claimed ownership of his black brothers. This was solely on the basis of a pseudoscience that they were inferior, and thus weren 't worthy of basic human rights. It was a sordid period in human history, yet some of history’s great leaders and heroes arose in opposing this great evil. Among the most important and vocal of the leaders of the antislavery movement were Frederick Douglass and Harriet Beecher Stowe. Through their books Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Douglass and Stowe respectively compel American citizens of the time to oppose slavery, thus beginning a wave of change for the better. Douglass’ book presents a more compelling and effective anti-slavery argument than that of Stowe. Douglass’ argument is stronger; it lives in the ethos appeal of his own personal experience as a slave and in the pathos appeal that his life and struggles elicit. On the contrary, Stowe has no such personal experience as her work is fictional, and although her characters are sympathetic and realistic, they can never match the credibility of Douglass in his narrative.…

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