Douglass ends his amazing speech with the statement that he has been working to prove all along: the fourth of july is a disgusting reminder to him and his people of the ongoing cruelty that america attempts to put a veil over with this mockery. In the wall street journal, andrew bibby writes that frederick douglass's fiery independence day speech is widely read today, but not so widely understood. Social studies - grade 8 10/30/2014 what to the slave is the fourth of july from my bondage and my freedom by frederick douglass extract from an oration, at. In the wake of the 2015 charleston shooting, james west davidson revisited the meaning of patriotic fourth of july speeches and their purpose the best, he argues, was given by frederick douglass. The former slave and abolitionist, frederick douglass, gave a speech on july 5, 185,2 in rochester, ny commemorating the day of independence for the united states cognizant of the contradictions embedded into the foundation of the united states, douglass expounded for his audience the significance of independence day for black people.
What to the slave is the fourth of july a rhetorical analysis in his speech, what to the slave is the fourth of july, frederick douglass passionately argues that to the slave, and even to the freed african american, the fourth of july is no more than a mockery of the grossest kind. Independence day speech at rochester, 1852 frederick douglass (a former slave himself, he became a leader in the 19th century abolitionist movement. - frederick douglass's fourth of july speech is the most famous speech delivered by the abolitionist and civil rights advocate frederick douglass it attracted a crowd of between five hundred and six hundred. Frederick douglass was a fiery orator and his speeches were often published in various abolitionist newspapers among his well-known speeches is the meaning of july fourth for the negro, presented in rochester, new york, on july 5, 1852, a version of which he published as a booklet.
Literary analysis/rhetorical devices frederick douglass what to the slave is the fourth of july fonts rhetorical questions what have i or those i represent, to do with your national independence. Page 1 of 15 what to the slave is the fourth of july frederick douglass july 5, 1852 (what follows is an abridged version abridged by janet gillespie, director of programming. The fourth of july for the negro analysis when the african-american man frederick douglass wrote his famous speech, the meaning of july fourth for the negro, america was in a time of great distress. On 4th of july the only speech you need to read is frederick douglass' one on july 5, 1852, frederick douglass uttered the only real speech you need to hear concerning the fourth of july the iconic abolitionist, writer and orator recited a speech in commemoration of america's sacred holiday.
Douglass gave the speech in rochester, ny, seventy-six years after the first july 4th and at a time when the country was riven with irreconcilable tensions between abolitionists, free-soilers, and the slaveholding south. Audiobook - full reading of the historical speech - what to the slave is the fourth of july by frederick douglass from july 5, 1852 recording by the progressing america project. What to the slave is the fourth of july is the popular title now given to an untitled speech by frederick douglass delivered on july 5, 1852, in corinthian hall, rochester, new york, addressing the rochester ladies' anti-slavery society.
In a fourth of july holiday special, we begin with the words of frederick douglass born into slavery around 1818, douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement on july 5, 1852, in. In 1852, frederick douglass delivered a speech titled, what to the slave is the fourth of july at the rochester ladies' anti-slavery society in rochester, ny douglass, a former slave , was invited to speak on july 5th. In his speech, what to the slave is the fourth of july, frederick douglass passionately argues that to the slave, and even to the freed african american, the fourth of july is no more than a mockery of the grossest kind. The hypocrisy of american slavery is a speech by frederick douglass (1818-1895) - a former american slave and an abolitionist leader - delivered on july 4, 1852 in rochester, new york, during the fourth of july celebrations.
What to the slave is the fourth of july is a very moving piece about what the fourth of july means to slaves the speech was given by fredrick douglas in rochester, new york, on july 5, 1852 his use of ethos, pathos and logos made this an extremely effective speech. Significantly, the speech was delivered on july 5th, 1852 to an audience comprised mainly of women from the rochester anti-slavery sewing society, in commemoration of july 4th the first half of the speech, in line with the festive occasion, underscores the significance july 4th holds for the american people. Students will be asked to read like a detective and gain a clear understanding of what to the slave is the fourth of july, a speech delivered by frederick douglass on july 5, 1852. Study guide and teaching aid for frederick douglass: fourth of july speech featuring document text, summary, and expert commentary.
On this independence day it is well to remember a speech, the meaning of july fourth for the negro, given by the formerly enslaved and probably greatest 19th century american, frederick douglass, at rochester, new york, on july 5, 1852, at the peak of north america slavery (indeed, about 230 years into that era. One of douglass' critical points in the speech is the idea that america has become desensitized to its hypocrisy for douglass, this is what has become of white citizens in the north a nation. He was invited to give a fourth of july speech by the ladies anti-slavery society of rochester in the early 1850s, tensions over slavery were high across the county the compromise of 1850 had failed to resolve the controversy over the admission of new slaveholding states to the union.