Frederick Douglass on the Meaning of July Forth


Independence Day?

JoAnn Chateau

The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass was asked to speak in Rochester, NY for a Fourth of July celebration in 1852. Here is the great actor, James Earl Jones, reading Douglass’ speech: “The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro.” Oh, the irony.

The reading is from the book, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, written by Howard Zinn and Anthony Arnove.

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