WHAT TO A PRISONER IS THE 4TH OF JULY? – (Frederick Douglass’s July 4th Speech in its Entirety)

Posted: July 5, 2013 in General

This was on point! Knowing history helps give the present it’s necessary context. Respect.

United States Hypocrisy

On July 5, 1852, renowned abolitionist Frederick Douglass, then a resident of Rochester, New York, was invited to speak at an event being held at Corinthian Hall in honor of the 76th anniversary of Congress’s adoption of the Declaration of Independence – the document in which the 13 original British colonies of North America officially declared themselves independent from British rule. Although each colony would form its own government, they would each adhere to the same principles and be unified under a single constitution. The most famous line of this Declaration against British colonial rule reads, “That all men are created equal… with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Yet for three centuries these very colonies had grown and amassed an impressive amount of wealth primarily by relying on the practice of holding human slaves in bondage, deeming them their “property.” And…

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