Independence Day As Per Frederick Douglass

I’ve seen this twice today … once in my inbox in an email from Ellen, and once on Twitter.  It is moving and it is every bit as true today as it was when Mr. Douglass delivered the speech in Rochester, New York, on July 5, 1852.

13 thoughts on “Independence Day As Per Frederick Douglass

  1. The eloquence and dignity of these words.
    Well done to his young descendants.
    (Fun fact: Y’know that Texas rebellion against The Mexicans. Texans had slaves…Slavery had been abolished in Mexico- just thought y’d like to know next time someone goes on about The Alamo)

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    • I wasn’t sure, so I checked, and he did spend 4 months in Ireland at the end of 1845. He said of the experience, that for the first time in his life he felt like a man, not chattel.


  2. Thank-you for sharing this moving and powerful video. I would like to believe that Frederick Douglass would be proud and honored to hear the young voices of his descendants repeating this speech that he gave to the Ladies Anti-Slavery Society. Whilst Douglass is most known as an abolitionist, he also was a strong supporter of the women’s suffrage movement beginning in 1848. There are three versions of his autobiography, the first version is “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” published in 1845 and the third version is “The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass” which was published in 1881 and revised in 1892. There was another version somewhere betwixt those two, but I no longer recall the title. Most likely that is because I have only read and shared the two books mentioned.

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    • Oh, I’m sure Frederick Douglass would have been very proud of these children who descended from him! Actually, you will be surprised to know that I’ve read both of the books you mention, and in fact used one of them, “The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass” when I was homeschooling Natasha, so she has also read it! Sadly, the “leader” of this nation has not, for he actually thought in 2017 that Douglass was still alive and gaining popularity!


  3. Old saw: rrrrrr urrrrrr rrrrrr urrrrr
    New saw: sccccrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeecccccchhhhhhhhhhhn brrt brrrt burp

    Seriously: The more things change, the more they stay the same–old saw.
    The more things stay the same, the MORE THEY NEED TO CHANGE!

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