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thesis statements: OR thesis_statement.shtml.4.Students compose a rough draft. With regard to grade level and student ability, teachers should decide how muchscaffolding they will provide during this process (i.e. modeling, showing example pieces, and sharing work as students go).5.Students complete final draft.Sample AnswerFredrick Douglass, a freed slave, gave a speech to a group of American citizens celebrating the 4thof July in 1852.In thisspeech, he argued forcibly that slavery in America should be ended.Douglass said many things about slavery in America.
What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?/ Frederick Douglass/ Created by SAP DistrictHowever, one of the most important ideas of his speech is how American slavery exposed the hypocrisy of America at thistime.Douglass begins his speech by pointing out that the Declaration of Independence is being celebrated in America at the sametime that slaves are not free. He says, “What have I or those I represent to do with your national independence?” (1). WhatDouglass means is that he is representing the slaves on this day when others are celebrating independence that the slaves donot have. This is an example of hypocrisy because Americans are celebrating freedom while there are slaves who are not free.Douglass then says this is worse for the slaves because they are hearing the, “…jubilant shouts that reach them…” (1). Thismakes it even more hypocritical because not only are the slaves not free but the Americans are celebrating their freedomright in front of them!Douglass then shows that slaves are men just as other men. He explains that there are many laws made about slaves, “Thereare seventy-two crimes in the state of Virginia...” having to do with slaves (2).“Southern statute books are covered withenactments forbidding, under severe fines and penalties the teaching of the slave to read and write” Douglass points out thatthere are no laws like this for the, “beasts of the field” (2). He is saying that laws like this are made for men and by theslaveholders making them it means they know slaves are men.In this way Douglass shows that, “…the slave is a man!” (2).Douglass then goes on to list the many jobs and occupations that slaves have just as other white men. These include“plowing”, “planting” “reaping” “clerks”, “merchants”, “lawyers”, “ministers” (3).These are jobs done by slaves just as theyare done by white men.This is more proof that slaves are men.
What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?/ Frederick Douglass/ Created by SAP DistrictDouglass then talks about “liberty” and how America believes in liberty. He explains that Americans have discussions aboutliberty for men, “I look today in the presence of Americans, dividing and subdividing a discourse, to show that men have anatural right to freedom…” (3). Douglass is saying that he sees now Americans having these discussions about freedom formen on the 4thof July, but slaves are not free.This is another example of American hypocrisy.

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Term
Spring
Professor
C. BAUM
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Frederick Douglass, Slavery in the United States

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