Frederick Douglass Independence Day Speech PDF - Overview
Frederick Douglass Independence Day Speech have a new title “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?”, It is delivered by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852, at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York, at a meeting organized by the Rochester Ladies, Anti-Slavery Society. The speech is perhaps the most widely known of all of Douglass’ writings save his autobiographies.
Many copies of one section of Frederick Douglass Independence Day Speech, beginning in paragraph 32, have been circulated online. Due to this and the variant titles given to it in various places, and the fact that it is called a July Fourth Oration but was actually delivered on July 5. The speech has since been published under the above title in The Frederick Douglass Papers, Series One, Vol. 2. (1982).
Frederick Douglass Independence Day Speech
In its Independence Day Speech, Frederick Douglass referring the celebrations of Independence Day in the United States the day before, the speech uses biting irony and bitter rhetoric, and acute textual analysis of the U.S. Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, and the Christian Bible, to advance a values-based argument against the continued existence of slavery in the United States.
Douglass orates that positive statements about American values, such as liberty, citizenship, and freedom, were an offense to the enslaved population of the United States because of their lack of liberty, citizenship, and freedom. As well, Douglass referred not only to the captivity of enslaved people, but to the merciless exploitation and the cruelty and torture that slaves were subjected to in the United States.