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The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro

In a July 5, 1852, speech to a group of abolitionists, Frederick Douglass reminded them that for slaves and former slaves, the Declaration of Independence represented the unfulfilled promise of liberty for all. Phil Darius Wallace will give a dramatic reading of excerpts from the speech, followed by a discussion with Nathan Johnson, Supervisory Park Ranger at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, and Robert S. Levine, author of The Lives of Frederick Douglass.

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1 Comment for U.S. National Archives: The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro
  1. Dave Rickmers says:

    Couldn’t have bracketed that rude word with
    a euphemism, just for the headline?

    Happy Independence Day! (beware of swinging
    arms)

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