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‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’: Descendants Read Frederick Douglass’ Speech

  “The U.S. celebrates this Independence Day amid nationwide protests and calls for systemic reforms. In this short film, five young descendants of Frederick Douglass read and respond to excerpts of his famous speech, “What to the Slave is the…

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Reading Frederick Douglass Together, July 2, 2020

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Why I don’t celebrate the 4th of July

Following the Continuing Conversation about Nationalism vs. Patriotism on July 2, Joyce Trotman-Jordan, Not in Our Town board member, wrote the following: I was a freshman in college when I realized for the first time this holiday was not for…

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Douglass: On the Fourth of July

On July 4, a likely topic for thought is the Frederick Douglass speech on what July 4 meant to the American slave. An oped column in the Wall Street Journal warns against excerpting the more ‘combustible’ parts of the speech.

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