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Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Speech: “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

by H. Lewis Smith

In Frederick Douglass’ July 5, 1852, Fourth of July speech, he told the audience:
“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license… Continue reading