‘What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July?’ Frederick Douglass, Revisited

The Frederick Douglass Statue in Emancipation Hall at the U.S. Capitol in 2013. On July 3, the National Archives hosted a reading of Douglass

Two readings, 165 years apart, addressed to a nation at a precarious political moment. Why Frederick Douglass’ famous 1852 anti-slavery speech is still read — and still resonates — in 2017.

(Image credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)



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