Tuesday, February 19, 2013

[Quick Picks] Black History Month: "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"

"What To the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" by Frederick Douglass
From AMERICA'S WAR: Talking about the Civil War and Emancipation on their 150th Anniversaries, edited by Edward L. Ayers, pp. 15-29.
Frederick Douglass' speech, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" made me think about freedom, why people desire freedom, and how freedom can be denied. The speech was given on July 5, 1852 when slavery was still in the United States and is Frederick Douglass' greatest antislavery speech. With his choice of words, Mr. Douglass transforms a speech about the Fourth of July to one against slavery.

-Marilyn Umfress, Central Library

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