Never Did It End - Essay about Fredick Douglas and his speech on "The Hypocrisy of American Slavery," and over 100 years later how slavery still exists.

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Never Did It End

        Frederick Douglass, a former American slave and an aggressive abolitionist, gave his famous speech "The Hypocrisy of American Slavery" on July 4th, 1852 to a crowd of abolitionists at Rochester, New York. The speech delivered by Douglas heavily criticized the nation's policies of freedom and slavery; consequently, one could use this speech to describe modern day slavery that is still occurring in several African nations. Slavery in the modern world is a largely ignored topic by the media; meanwhile, slavery in America's past is always a hot topic of debate, such as the ridiculous reparations argument. Two of the biggest contributors to slavery today are ironically on the continent of Africa. These countries are the Sudan and Mauritania, even though slavery was outlawed in Mauritania over twenty years ago. The speech given by Douglas is commonly quoted today to criticize the repugnance of American slavery which was abolished in 1865; however, these efforts would be better spent to end slavery in the modern world.

Frederick Douglas is remembered for his efforts to abolish slavery in the 19th century; in fact, his speech applies to modern day slavery in the motherland of the people he fought so hard to free.

        Frederick Douglas's Fourth of July speech in the year 1852 attacked America's policies of freedom and slavery, but this speech could be used to attack ongoing slavery in Africa today. The speech blasted the Declaration Of Independence and Constitution as being "trampled on" and the conduct of the nation as being "hideous and revolting." Douglas continued his attack by bringing up the fact America had already declared men are entitled to

liberty, and that there is not a man in the world who does not know slavery is wrong. The intense descriptions in this speech parallel the...