Douglass and Slavery
This paper explores the deeper significance of Frederick Douglass' rhetorical question, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"
# 93272 | 1,819 words | 19 sources | MLA | 2007 |
Published on Mar 14, 2007 in African-American Studies (Historical Figures) , African-American Studies (Civil Rights) , African-American Studies (Slavery)
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The paper discusses Frederick Douglass, an African-American author, lecturer, abolitionist and a leading political and social figure of the mid-to-late 19th century, who was born a slave himself. The paper describes how he helped to pave the way for the successful Abolitionist Movement in the United States. The paper portrays the suffering of American slaves, yet relates that slavery nevertheless prevailed for centuries before finally being abolished in the late 19th century. The paper explains how "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" implicitly underscored the extreme inequalities among Americans that supported the institution of slavery.
From the Paper:"Douglass himself understood first hand the demoralizing conditions of 19th century American slavery, and yearned, from early on in his life, to help to put an end to them (Royer). In that, he succeeded, likely beyond his own original expectations (Douglass, pp. 1995-204). In their lifetimes, most American slaves never even knew their birthdays, and in many cases, their fathers were also unknown to them, and often white men, e.g., masters; overseers; or sons or other relatives of such men (Zdrok-Ptaszek; Baym)."
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