Enlightenment and Equality in the 19th Century
A look at the impact of the emancipatory rhetoric of abolitionists and former slaves in the nineteenth century.
# 138592 | 1,250 words | 0 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Literature (American) , African-American Studies (Historical Figures) , Women Studies (Historical Figures)
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This paper is a brief examination of how three major figures of the American Enlightenment used their gifts for language and rhetoric to bring about major changes in the rights of African-Americans and women. The paper explores Douglass' memoir for the searing childhood that is employed with great effect to influence millions of readers in the North at a time when the freedom of blacks in the South hung in the balance. The paper then shows how Cady Stanton sought to overturn ideas of religion that oppressed women by writing "The Women's Bible". Finally, the paper discusses how Lucretia Mott fought for the rights of enslaved blacks and women through her Quaker ministry and writings.
From the Paper:"The emancipatory rhetoric of abolitionists and former slaves in the nineteenth century reflected a surge toward individualism that had its inception in the ideas of the Enlightenment. In his memoirs and speeches, Frederick Douglass used his gift for rhetoric to attack American slavery. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, in her oratory and writings, sought to eliminate slavery and gain suffrage for women. Lucretia Mott, through her organizing and writing fought for the abolition of slavery and advocacy for women's rights, had the same goal. What all of these figures shared, however, was..."
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