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Frederick Douglass

Frederick Douglass (c. 1818-1895) was an abolitionist, journalist, orator and diplomat.

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What to the slave is the Fourth of July?

By: - July 5, 2021

Editor’s note: Below are some excerpts from a speech on the meaning of the Fourth of July delivered by Frederick Douglass in Rochester, New York, July 5, 1852.  …Fellow-citizens, pardon me, allow me to ask, why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your […]