A repost of my all-time favorite Frederick Douglass speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” Have a great July 4th!
Originally posted on Civil War Emancipation:
My all-time favorite Frederick Douglass speech is “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” Douglass delivered this address in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852. In it, Douglass attacked the hypocrisy of a holiday celebrating freedom when millions of Americans were slaves. The speech captures well Frederick Douglass’ oratorical genius. Over this holiday weekend, please take the time to listen to an excerpt of the speech read by the great James Earl Jones.
To read the full text of Douglass’ speech, please <click here>.