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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 of our country. In this book, Jam ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published February 5th 2006 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2006)
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Robin Friedman
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Frederick Douglass And The Promise Of America

I read this book by James Colaiaco, a Master Teacher of Great Books at New York University, to help me think about the upcoming Independence Day holiday of July 4, 2006. The book did both less than that and more.

Colaiaco's "Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July Oration" has as its named subject a speech that Douglass (1818 -- 1895) gave in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852, generally known as "What, to the American Slave, is your 4th of July?"
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Eddie
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
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James A. Colaiaco received his Ph.D. in intellectual history from Columbia, and has for the past twenty-five years taught Great Books at New York University in the General Studies Program at NYU. Colaiaco is author of "Socrates against Athens: Philosophy on Trail," "Martin Luther King, Jr.: Apostle of Militant Nonviolence," and "James Fitzjames Stephen and the Crisis of Victorian Thought,
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