“What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” – Frederick Douglass, July 5, 1852

Frederick Douglass was born into slavery on a Maryland plantation. In 1833 he first tried to escape to freedom, but was unsuccessful. The following year, with assistance, he dressed in a sailor’s uniform, suing the papers belonging to a free black sailor, and boarded several trains, eventually reaching New York City about 24 hours later. He grew to be one of the earliest and greatest civil rights advocates in America. He was a great thinker and orator. He was also a great American, who loved his country, and who espoused its virtues, including the Constitution itself as the founding document. On July 5, 1852, Douglass delivered an address to the ladies of the Rochester Anti-Slavery Sewing Society. Some consider it the greatest anti-slavery oration ever given. Here it is in full….. Continue reading