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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. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.

2 Comments

  1. Jerry "Peacemaker"

    Frederick Douglass’ words are an important reminder for all people to never accept anything but accurate depictions of reality.

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