Throughout history there has been an ever present struggle for the equality and justice of all men, more specifically, the equivalence of African-Americans to the White Men and abolition of slavery. To help these movements, speeches, essays, and stories have been published making huge strides in the brawl for equal opportunity for African-Americans for hundreds of years. Among these writings, include pieces that have gone down in history as being extremely controversial, inspirational, and powerful such as the I Have a Dream speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Atlanta Compromise Speech by Booker T. Washington, and Fredrick Douglass’s Plymouth County, Mass Speech and his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas. All the speeches have things in common with Douglas’s slave narrative making them the pieces of writings that they are yet despite the similarities, specific parts in the three speeches stick out in being different from the slave narrative. The parallels and variances in the 3 speeches and the slave narrative can be seen in the content and ideas, and writing styles.
The Atlanta Compromise Speech, addressed to the President, his board of directors and most importantly the citizens of the time by Washington is alike with Douglas's slave narrative because it appeals to humanity and both demonstrate a hope for freedom but still there are differences such as the peaceful approach Washington takes while the narrative is more violent and the use of symbolism in each. "My hair was all clotted with dust and blood; my shirt was stiff with blood. My legs and feet were torn in sundry places with briers and thorns, and were also covered with blood" a line from the narrative depicts the terrible conditions were appealing to others humanity to feel bad for him. The line "...in nursing your children, watching by the sick-bed of your mothers and fathers, and often following them with tear-dimmed eyes to their graves" from the speech also appeals to humanity...
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