Source: Frederick Douglass: Selected Speeches and Writings, ed. Here you will see men and women reared like swine for the market. You have no right to wear out and waste the hard-earned fame of your fathers to cover your indolence. They were not the men to look back. Must I undertake to prove that the slave is a man? These men were generally well dressed men, and very captivating in their manners.
The audience must fulfill what the founders of the country advocated. Calls for the use of Black troops to fight the Confederacy through the establishment of Negro regiments in the Union Army. The fact that he speaks so harshly to this particular audience only shows how passionately he feels for his own people. Proponents of slavery are so set in their beliefs that they will not listen to logical arguments. What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Meaning, he was addressing the people that were technically on his side, so to speak. They were peace men; but they preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage. Garfield appoints Douglass recorder of deeds for the District of Columbia; publishes his third autobiography, Life and Times of Frederick Douglass.
They were great in their day and generation. Doing what is right and proper without delay, even if no one is looking. Frederick Douglass we shall not forget. Nations do not now stand in the same relation to each other that they did ages ago. From Boston to London is now a holiday excursion. That trade has long since been denounced by this government, as piracy. Douglass praises and respects the signers of the Declaration of Independence, people who put the interests of a country above their own.
I do not hesitate to declare with all my soul that the character and conduct of this nation never looked blacker to me than on this Fourth of July! Is it at the gateway? In glaring violation of justice, in shameless disregard of the forms of administering law, in cunning arrangement to entrap the defenseless, and in diabolical intent, this Fugitive Slave Law stands alone in the annals of tyrannical legislation. But neither their familiar faces, nor the perfect gage I think I have of Corinthian Hall, seems to free me from embarrassment. In this paragraph, Douglass questions the central purpose of his speech. Would you argue more, and denounce less, would you persuade more, and rebuke less, your cause would be much more likely to succeed. For the last half of his speech, Douglass addresses what he should speak of, what he should argue. In this case, the whites were seen but not heard as Douglass stood before them giving a mesmerizing speech that would surely make them think.
The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. Feeling themselves harshly and unjustly treated by the home government, your fathers, like men of honesty, and men of spirit, earnestly sought redress. Hear his savage yells and his blood-curdling oaths, as he hurries on his affrighted captives! We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. On the most basic level, Republicans valued strong centralized governance and consistent rights and regulations for all Americans. In the deep still darkness of midnight, I have been often aroused by the dead heavy footsteps, and the piteous cries of the chained gangs that passed our door.
The task before me is one which requires much previous thought and study for its proper performance. The real subject of his speech, he concedes, is American slavery. He applies his own situation to that of the one described by the quote. Does Douglass believe the is pro-slavery or anti-slavery? He mentions the fact to show that slavery is in no danger. Douglass immortalized his years as a slave in Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave 1845.
It is not light that is needed, but fire. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour. For there, they that carried us away captive, required of us a song; and they who wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. Africa must rise and put on her yet unwoven garment. A F r e d e r i c k D o u g l a s s C h r o n o l o g y The Life of Frederick Douglass 1818-1895 1818 -- Exact date unknown Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey is born on Holme Hill farm in Talbot County on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to Harriet Bailey, a slave. They felt themselves the victims of grievous wrongs, wholly incurable in their colonial capacity.
Understanding that the proper use of power is to help others. Douglass believed that slavery could be eliminated with the support of the church, and also with the reexamination of what the Bible was actually saying. My subject, then, fellow citizens, is American slavery. He muses that perhaps they will argue that abolitionists are actually getting in the way of their own efforts because they do not appeal to the masses. .
It is the antagonistic force in your government, the only thing that seriously disturbs and endangers your Union. The speech is a catalyst for us to think about the inequities built into our society and craft strategies for attacking them. They inhabit all our Southern States. Douglass was clever in the construction of his speech in how he began and ended by discussing that there was hope for America. No more rhetorical questions at this point. Upon his escape from slavery at age 20, he adopted the name of the hero of Sir Walter Scott's The Lady of the Lake.