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cindy1204 | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 13, 2011 at 5:35 AM via web

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What does Douglass hope to accomplish by accusing white Americans of injustice and hypocrisy in "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 13, 2011 at 5:42 AM (Answer #1)

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What Douglass hopes to accomplish with his accusations in this speech is to persuade white Americans to throw off their hypocrisy and really do something to help the slaves.  In this speech, he is trying to get them to see that their own actions and those of their fellow Northerners really are part of the problem.  He is trying to get them to see that the country that they feel so proud of is really not based on freedom and liberty but on slavery and tyranny.  He is trying to get them to see that so that they will be shocked and be motivated to do something about slavery.

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