The World 's Broad Field Of Battle Essay

1552 Words Jan 13th, 2016 7 Pages
“In the world’s broad field of battle, in the bivouac of life, be not like dumb driven cattle- be a hero in the strife,” - these bold and encouraging words mark the end of Frederick Douglass’ famous speech “Love of God, Love of Man, Love of Country (“American”). Douglass was a former slave who was nonviolent and a pro-abolitionist, as seen in his aforementioned speech (“American”). He is important because he played a significant role in making it known just how poorly the slaves had been treated. His speech “Love of God, Love of Man, Love of Country” is important because it shows a primary source of slavery with a slave’s point of view. It reveals that the people of that era did not fully realize what all was going on. The slaves were treated terribly, yet cautiously watched in case a revolt or uprising were to occur (Mckissack, pages 17 and 21). Douglass himself even said “I am aware that there are many who think the slaves are very well off, and that they are very well treated, as if it were possible that such a thing could be,” (“American”). To make the hard labor more tolerable and encouraging, the slaves would sing songs such as “A Song of Rebellion” (McKissack). In his speech “Love of God, Love of Man, Love of Country,” Frederick Douglass uses pathos, personal memoirs, and imagery to get his point across that slavery is a terrible act.
Historical Background/Purpose Douglass was an adamant abolitionist who did every peaceful thing he could to let the world know…

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