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The entire preface can be considered a classic example of a rhetorical essay, complete with an  introduction to the subject (Douglass-as-slave), arguments against slavery (on moral, judicial,  scientific, and religious grounds), and a call to arms. William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) was a  journalist, social reformer, and a leading figure in the abolitionist movement, and his preface can be  seen as an excellent rhetorical strategy for the entire work because it is an endorsement of  Douglass' story, as well as for the veracity of the Narrative. There were many skeptics from both the  North and South who did not believe that an escaped, uneducated slave could have written such a  narrative, nor did they believe the detailed atrocities that were said to exist in the slave states. Garrison's reference to Patrick Henry is an attempt to raise Douglass to the level of a great American 
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