Frederick Douglass And His Famous Fourth Of July Speech

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Frederick Douglas, one of America’s great abolitionists, was once asked to deliver a speech at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It didn’t go as many had hoped.

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Held at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, N.Y., on July 5, 1852, the speech was suppose to uplifting for the audience in attendance to hear the great orator speak. Douglas had other intentions.

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“This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked them, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?”

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Ouch! The rest of the speech wasn’t much better.

The speech is considered one of Douglass’ finest. Famed actor Danny Glover reenacted the speech; it was a powerful performance. Check it out below. For the full speech, go here.

Danny Glover’s Rendition Of Fourth Of July Speech By Frederick Douglass:

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