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Purpose of Paragraph Seven

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Color Lines, Frederick Douglass, 1883
In the late 19th century, African American participation in all phases of American life was qualified by prejudice; most avenues of social and economic improvement remained closed. Frederick Douglass, the best-known and most influential African American spokesman of his time, considered these facts and offered a solution in the following speech of September 24, 1883.​

Douglass, Frederick. "The Color Line in America (1883)." Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Black History. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

Which of the following can be reasonably inferred after reading paragraph seven?

A

Douglass expects feelings of contention to arise in response to his speech.

B

Douglass knows that his speech is of national importance.

C

Douglass is angry about the plight of African Americans.

D

Douglass is not hopeful that his words will reach many of his audience members.