What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?
Frederick Douglass's incisive anti-slavery speech in an elegant hardcover edition. One of the most memorable speeches in American history, Douglass's rousing abolitionist speech explores themes that still resonate today, from equality under the Constitution and God to a vision of America that defends freedom for all. Despite Douglass’s condemnation of the institutions that protected slavery, the speech also emphasized America’s young age and her potential to change for the better. In keeping with this belief in an America that would one day guarantee freedom for all, Douglass delivered “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” to audiences nationwide in the decade preceding the Civil War. Frederick Douglass’s most famous speech is as relevant today as when it was first delivered in 1852. A defining document of the United States, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” is essential reading for all Americans.