Prof. Jessica Penner | D463 | Spring 2022

Week 4: Looking at Douglass’ strategies

Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.

Frederick Douglass in 1886 on the 24th anniversary of Emancipation

Consider the quote above as we prepare to read and discuss a speech made by Frederick Douglass in 1852 (30+ years before).

  • What strategy might Douglass be using with this quote?
  • Who do you think he is speaking to?
  • How can you utilize the examples of Wollstonecraft, Young, and now Douglass to help you convince your audience in the U1 Writing Assignment?

This week and next, we’ll be focusing on audience and strategies to capture and convince your audience to care and act. Pay attention to how Douglass did it by reading his speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” and listening to people reading sections of it.

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1 Comment

  1. Omari Fuller

    Omari Fuller Brainstorming On Research

    Frederick Douglass is appealing to pathos because he uses words such as denied oppress rob and degrade to describe the situation. Frederick is speaking to the entire nation to get his point across. I will utilize the examples of Wollstonecraft, Young, and Douglass to help convince my audience in the U1 Writing Assignment is by utilizing anecdotal examples such as Stella when she was younger being treated as exceptional when she didn’t see it that way. I can use these examples to show my problem and put the audience in my shoes as the Douglass Wollstonecraft and Stella did.

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