Slavery for the Minority
Hayden Ray Souza
Hayden Ray Souza
November 12, 2014
Frederick Douglass was born an African American slave on February 14, 1818. During his life as a fugitive, Douglass grew aware of the abolition movements. Seeing the world for what it should be not what it was, Douglass became a strong advocate for human rights and was an enormous spokesperson in what eventually led to the abolishment of slavery in the United States. On July 5th, 1855 Frederick Douglas delivered a speech in regards to the treatment of slaves and questioned slaveries true ethics. Within ten years of his speech, Douglas along with countless other slavery abolitionists’ representatives had completely changed the perspective of slavery in the United States and shed the true light of injustice upon it.
On that day Douglass spoke in disgust to the American people, in regards to the treatment of slaves by saying, “Am I to argue that it is wrong to make men brutes, to rob them of their liberty, to work them without wages, to keep them ignorant of their relations to their fellow men, to beat them with sticks, to flay their flesh with the lash, to load their limbs with irons, to hunt them with dogs, to sell them at auction, to sunder their families, to knock out their teeth, to burn their flesh, to starve them into obedience and submission to their masters? Must I argue that a system thus marked with blood, and stained with pollution is wrong?” (F) (“The meaning of July Fourth for the Negro” Frederick Douglass, 1855).” Although his prominence wasn’t what it is
Today as a historic hero his words that day greatly influenced people of all colors and backgrounds. Because he spoke from his heart, he gave a very good inside perspective of what slavery is honestly like, by tying in his life experiences as well as the experiences of other slaves, and...
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