The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was asked to speak in Rochester, NY for a Fourth of July celebration in 1852. Here is the great actor, James Earl Jones, reading Douglass’ speech: “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” Oh, the irony.

The reading is from the book, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, written by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.

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