Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July
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Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July

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On July 5th, 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of the greatest orators of all time, delivered what was arguably the century's most powerful abolition speech.At a time of year where American freedom is celebrated across the nation, Douglass eloquently summoned the country to resolve the contradiction between slavery and the founding principles ofour country. In this book, James...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 5th 2006 by Palgrave Macmillan (first published 2006)
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"An apostle of freedom and a tireless agitator" p. 203

If you are expecting this book to be about one speech given on or about one particular day - the Fourth of July - you are in for a surprise. Colaiaco has crafted an impressively comprehensive study on Frederick Douglass. The dissemination of the "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July" speech is the major arc but it is not the book's only appeal. To provide context, the author presents copious material on the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850 and S...more
a great book about FD and the constitution
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