2019-07-05 12:55:37

What to the Slave is 4th of July?

In a Fourth of July holiday special, Democracy Now! hears the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.”

He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn’s acclaimed book, Voices of a People’s History of the United States. He was introduced by Zinn.

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