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WHAT TO THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTIST may possibly be the Fourth of July?

Is it eaten by fireworks and barbecue and also grounded, perhaps, in the words of all Frederick Douglass? On July 6, 1852, Douglass gave a ancient address in Rochester, N. Ful., at an event commemorating the Assertion of Independence. He said partially: What, to the American slave, that could 4th of July? I right; a day that reveals to them, more than all other days in the year, my gross injustice and cruelty whereby he is the constant victim. To the doctor, your celebration is a sham; you are boasted liberty, an unholy certificate; your national greatness, swelling self-importance; your sounds of rejoicing generally empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted résolution; your shouts of liberty moreover equality, hollow mockery; your wishes and hymns, your sermons along with thanksgivings, with all your religious parade as well solemnity, are, to Him, just bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and therefore hypocrisy— a thin veil to cover enhance crimes which would disgrace a volk of savages. There is not a land on the earth guilty of practices a lot shocking and bloody than could possibly be people of the United States, at this very hrs. The speech was sharp radio commentary on top, […]

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