Articles by Frederick Douglass

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What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
Frederick Douglass – TRANSCEND Media Service, 5 Jul 2021

“This oration stands with the most inspirational addresses in US history.  The erudition, eloquence, and elocution are unmatched. Douglass’ words should bring shame and guilt to those zealots who deny the importance and essential inclusion of Critical Race Theory in US education as it is the authentic history of the USA.”
— Anthony Marsella, Ph.D. – Member of TRANSCEND

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The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro
Frederick Douglass | PBS - TRANSCEND Media Service, 13 Jul 2020

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy — a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages.There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

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