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What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?  By  cover art

What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?

By: Frederick Douglass
Narrated by: Amir Abdullah
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In 1852, Frederick Douglass, former slave and, by then, a leading figure in the abolitionist movement was asked by the Rochester Ladies' Anti-Slavery Association to address the group for their July 4th celebration at Corinthian Hall in Rochester, New York. 

Delivered, in fact, on the 5th of July, the speech caused an immediate sensation and swiftly became a seminal rallying cry of the abolitionist movement in America. The audience in Rochester included none other than President Millard Fillmore (along with a group of politicians from Washington) as well as some of the most important leaders of the abolitionist movement at the time. 

Through the years, Douglass' powerful words have only grown in stature, resonance, and importance. His timeless message and elegant prose have made this speech - here presented in its unabridged, original format - one of the greatest orations in history.

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As superior a speech as any made in this land.

Douglass wrote and delivered on that day a cutting speech against whom no detractor could stand. It was biblically and theologically sound (upon which I stand as a seminary graduate), thoroughly reasoned, and convicting to anyone who possesses any remnant of humanity. Give one hour of your life to listen humbly to the delivery of this grand oration.

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Excellent Speech 💪🏽

This should be a required listen for all people, especially those of African decent. Mr. Douglas verbalizes the challenging duality of being black and American.

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Excellent!

Very well performed and timely to hear on today, July 4th. Should be required listening or reading in all middle or high schools!

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Genious timelines

Brilliant,The very best should be recited at every Fourth of July event. Every teacher should read it to his class

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Stunning!

from this in part is the black man's argument for reparations and simple decency!

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Amazing Narration

Amir Abdullah does an amazing job narrating this speech. Is not only well read, is acted upon. It makes the listener not just understand but feel.

Great job.

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A Must-read or Listen

Everyone should listen or read this speech to continue to bring about change in the USA.

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A perfect read

It is well-written, but above all, the book is very insightful. I also enjoyed the fact that it is short and to the point of the matter. I definitely recommend it to others.

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Inspiring!

This is a classic patriotic speech. That reminds Americans why we fought for our freedom. Sound the alarm of the injustice causing hovac in our country.

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Excellent impassioned performance

I felt Douglass words as I listened to this. I recommend to anyone who wants to understand American history from the perspective of Black Americans.

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