Rhetorical Analysis Possibilities!

  • Frederick Douglass- abolitionist, social reformer, writer, early civil rights leader
  • Susan B. Anthony- social reformer, feminist, suffragist
  • Crispus Attucks- first casualty of the American Revolution, freed man of color part of the Patriot cause
  • Patrick Henry- famous orator that influenced American colonists move for independence
  • Sojourner Truth-abolitionist, women's rights advocate
  • George Washington- general of the Continental Army, 1st president of the US.
  • William Lloyd Garrison- abolitionist, journalist, suffragist
  • Horace Mann- social reformer, public education
  • Tecumseh- Native American leader who resisted colonization
  • Chief Red Eagle- Native American leader who resisted removal from land
  • Elizabeth Cady Stanton- suffragist, women's rights advocate, radical feminist
  • Catherine Beecher - women's rights, education advocate
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe- abolitionist writer
  • Black Loyalists- during the American Revolution
  • African American soldiers service during the Civil War
  • Lucretia Mott- American Anti-Slavery Society leader
  • Thomas Jefferson - third president of the U.S., writer, founding father
  • Angelina and Sarah Grimke- Southern activists that opposed slavery
  • Oladuah Equiano- first African writer to publish a detailed account of his experiences during the Middle Passage
  • Chief Red Jacket- Seneca chief, defended Native religious practices
  • Sarah Bagley- social reformer, women's rights advocate, spoke out against women's mistreatment in the workforce
  • Andrew Jackson - U.S. General during the War of 1812, 7th President of U.S.
  • Benjamin Franklin- inventor, U.S. diplomat, founding father
  • Clara Barton- pioneer nurse, founder of the Red Cross

If you are interested in one of these historical figures, you will need to conduct some research to track down a primary source document for them. This should not be too hard; most are available online.