Frederick Douglass : Fourth Of July Speech ( 1852 )

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Reading Report for: Fredrick Douglass Fourth of July Speech (1852) HIST 1103-62115 Terry DeAngelo In his introduction to “Frederick Douglass: Fourth of July Speech (1852),” Professor Foner clearly thinks very highly of Fredrick Douglas. Douglas had an autobiography written about him and is looked at a classic reading for the slave experience. Douglas was born a slave on a Maryland plantation in 1818. It was thought that he was the son of his master. His obsessive desire to become a free slave came from becoming literate at an early age. He escaped to the North in 1838, and met well known white abolitionists such as William Garrison and Wendell Phillips. He soon was speaking to large audiences about antislavery throughout the Northeast. He presented a speech on Independence Day of 1852 in front of 600 people in Rochester, New York about the abolishing slavery. Later in his life he became a military recruiter for the Union, as well as principle criticizer of Lincoln’s war leadership. In his close relation to the president he continually pushed Lincoln to have increasingly daring emancipation polices and black equality. Then after the war ended he served in various diplomatic and government positions and continued to fight for the rights for African Americans. (1) Fredrick Douglas began his speech with a nervous tone. (1a) I believe that this is a strategy to help bring the audience down to his level. Being that he was a slave and it is possible that the

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