Tip-Off for 7/4/12 (featuring Nina B): What to the Slave is the 4th of July? By Frederick Douglass

Posted in Blogroll on July 4th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Yesterday, I came across a speech written by Frederick Douglass entitled, What to the Slave is the 4th of July? Douglass made this speech on July 5th 1852, seventy-six years after the Declaration of Independence was signed. I remember reading excerpts of the speech in college.  Yesterday I read it in its entirety for the first time.

Douglass gives one of the great speeches in history as he indicts the signees of the Declaration and the Constitution as no more than hypocrites who saw themselves as oppressed but became the oppresser themselves. Here are some excerpts from this powerful speech.

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