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Roger MayhallENG102August 11, 2016Practice Questions p. 761A.Douglass was speaking in the last few years before the American Civil War began. How did the vivid imagery in this speech likely affect listeners? Read carefully through Douglass’s descriptions of the slave trade and its impact on individuals and families. What values is he appealing to?
Douglass expressed feelings of disappointment, betrayal, and pessimism. However, he also used a slightly condescending or patronizing tone. If he had approached the subject with anger or in a threatening manner, he likely would have lost his audience as they too would have expressed similar emotions on the subject. The fact that he was speaking to a society against slavery, he didn’t need to rile their emotions up in an angry way. They were on the same side of the argument that he was on. He simply had to express his views as a black man and give them insight into his own thoughts.Description and Discussion of Douglass’s Speech