What One Slave Says About the Fourth of July

frederickdouglass
A remarkable speech
from a most remarkable man, Frederick Douglass.

“I am not wanting in respect for the fathers of this republic. The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. They were great men, too . . . great enough to give frame to a great age. It does not often happen to a nation to raise, at one time, such a number of truly great men. The point from which I am compelled to view them is not, certainly, the most favorable; and yet I cannot contemplate their great deeds with less than admiration. They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory . . . ”

This is just a small portion of his talk, but good to remember.

ajh

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