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Frederick Douglass on the Meaning of July Forth

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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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. In fact, she writes fiction about Chester (the Alpha Bichon) and his friends--always with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. Although JoAnn's views are augmented by her former professional life in Psychology and Information Science, don't take everything she says toooo seriously -- what you think and do is much more important! Retired now, JoAnn enjoys the creative life.

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