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.