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In this speech of 1848, the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass makes an eloquent call for self-reliance. He points out that prejudice becomes powerless in the presence of industry, sobriety, and honesty combined with intelligence and self-respect. "There is gold in the earth, but we must dig it", says Douglass in reference to character which is attainable, and each must attain it for himself.

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I love this speech. I recommend every Black American listen to it & live with it in the forefront of their minds.

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POWERFUL! JUST POWERFUL!

A short but powerful work with ideals that are relevant for today's world. Must read.

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Prophetic

A timely and prophetic message that still resonates in the 21st century. An exemplary speech