Fredrick douglass fourth of july speech was to tell

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Fredrick Douglas’s Fourth of July speech was to tell people about a day that many celebrated. Fourth of July a day of independence that does not apply to him and the people enslaved. Blacks did not have liberty or the justice system on their side. The idea of the speech was to enlighten people about inequality that are not shared by all men even though the document itself represents equality of all men. Sojourner Truth in her speech called isn’t I a women talks about women rights. In her speech she says Look at my arm, I have plowed and planted and gathered into barns and no man could head me- and ar’n’t I a women?’’6.This shows that she wants to fight for women inequality in male dominate world. She can do physical jobs like a man because men and human are human. Both speeches represent equality but differences as one focuses on not only racial equality but women rights.To be a slave meant the person did not own his/ her body. The body was considered property owned by a white man. A slave did own their own mind but there was a disconnection between the two because the mind can have thoughts about revolting or escaping but the body did not 5 Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, see pg 316 Sojourner Truth, Representing Truth: Sojourner Truth’s Knowing and Becoming Known, For more comparisons between Sojourner Truth experience as a women to men, see pg 31
Wu 5follow due to deadly consequences that would follow if such thought was put into motion. Writer and public speaker such as Frederick Douglas, Olaudah Equiano and Sojourner Truth fought and lived through painful experiences that they used to educate white people. To tell those people about harsh times that they never experienced because they were not black or considered less than human. They expressed the knowledge through writing personal narratives to public speeches. The main ideas of these writings and speeches was to bring awareness to people about treatment of slaves and the impact it had on their lives.

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