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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. 

  1. What is the tone of this speech? How might this tone have been received by a sympathetic, yet white audience?
  2. What is Douglass’s central argument?
  3. What does Douglass hope his audience will do? Keep in mind who his audience is.
  4. 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.


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