HCC What to Slave Is the Fourth of July Speech Discussion
I’m working on a literature multi-part question and need support to help me learn.
Read “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?,” review the video below, and answer the questions that follow:
“Frederick Douglass’ Descendants Deliver His ‘Fourth of July’ Speech” by NPR. Video courtesy of YouTube. Published 3 July 2020.
- What is the tone of this speech? How might this tone have been received by a sympathetic, yet white audience?
- What is Douglass’s central argument?
- What does Douglass hope his audience will do? Keep in mind who his audience is.
- What rhetorical appeal (logos, pathos, ethos) does Douglass use the MOST effectively? Keep in mind that when you are answering this question, you need to both state the strategy, provide a specific example of the strategy, and explain how that example (or examples) illustrates the strategy.