Race and Civl Rights


What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?: Documents in Detail

Ep. 201708
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Why is "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" one of the most important speeches of the 19th century?

15 November’s Documents in Detail webinar was about Frederick Douglass’s What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?, his oration delivered on 5 July 1862. There were some technical difficulties in the first minutes of the program, which resulted in one of the panelists being a few minutes late. Otherwise, it was an interesting discussion of the occasion on which Douglass spoke, his place as one of the leaders of the abolition movement in the 19th Century, and the importance of the ideas he expressed in the speech.

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