In this speech, delivered at the invitation of the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery society, Frederick Douglass powerfully illustrates the hypocrisy of asking an enslaved person to celebrate the 4th of July. What does the 4th of July mean to a slave? asks Douglass- "a day that reveals to him, more thanall the other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim."

What To The Slave is The Fourth Of July

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  • Frederick Douglass is one of the most prominent and recognizable abolitionists and writers of the 19th century. "What to the Slave is the 4th of July?" the famous speech by Douglass from 1852 is completely reproduced here, also featuring Douglass's portrait.

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