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What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

On July 5, 1852, Frederick Douglass addressed the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. In what is one of his most widely known speeches, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” was a powerful rhetorical demonstration that effectively illustrated the paradox of a nation of enslavers declaring itself to be free. “What, to the American […]