In the introduction, it is recommended that you introduce briefly American slavery at the time, and then Douglass’ biographical background, particularly his abolition activities. Such should smoothly lead to his anti-slavery speeches and then the speech under discussion. Point out the theme of the speech "What to the Slaves is the Fourth of July", and then choose about three of his prominent literary strategies that help him to express the theme: parallel structures , irony, logical appeal, emotional appeal, ethical appeal, tones, rhetorical questions, imagery, etc. This will be you theses of the analysis paper.
Each body paragraph should begin with a topic sentence corresponding to one of your thesis subtopics. You will need to tie them to the theme of the speech. In other words, you need to analyze how the strategies contribute to the conveyance of the theme. Your claim should be supported by textual evidence in the excerpts and your interpretation of the relevance and/or the effectiveness. Besides, you should strengthen your argument by citing some literary critics’ views too – at least three citations from at least two different kinds of sources. (Don’t use information from Google or Wikipedia.Include a Works Cited page at the end. )
Your conclusion should wrap up the rhetorical strategies and their effectiveness covered in your body paragraphs, followed by his legacy to us all today.
Your final essay should be 4 to 6 full pages (content-wise, excluding Works Cited), double spaced.