Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July

Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July

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On July 5th, 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of the greatest orators of all time, delivered what was arguably the century's most powerful abolition speech. At a time of year where American freedom is celebrated across the nation, Douglass eloquently summoned the country to resolve the contradiction between slavery and the founding principles of our country. In this book, James A. Colaiaco vividly recreates the turbulent historical context of Douglass' speech and delivers a colorful portrait of the country in the turbulent years leading to the civil war. This book provides a fascinating new perspective on a critical time in American history.13 Douglassa#39;s argument that a literal reading of the Constitution did not support slavery had been a staple argument of the abolitionists. ... has acted to support slavery for seventy-two years; and that the American courts have applied a pro- slavery interpretation to the Constitution. ... 15 Douglass reminded his audience that the Garrisonians answered these two questions affirmatively. ... Douglassa#39;s goal was to prove that the Garrisonian beliefs and practice were fundamentally flawed.

Title:Frederick Douglass and the Fourth of July
Author: James A. Colaiaco
Publisher:Macmillan - 2015-03-24

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