Frederick Douglas Independence Day Speech Essay

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Frederick Douglas Independence Day Speech

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Frederick Douglas Independence Day Speech


In the nineteenth century, many communities and cities in America celebrates Independence Day with a solemn reading of the Declaration of Independence, followed by a general direction, either oral or a speech marking the celebration of independence and heritage of the American Revolution founding fathers. On July 5, 1852 "Ladies Society of slavery in Rochester, New York, suggested that Douglas will be the keynote speaker during the celebration of Independence Day. Mr. Douglas denounced the journalists and advocates of
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However, Frederick managed to seize the alphabet, letter by letter, until, when he read, he read a newspaper or book hidden as fell into his hands.

In 1833, when Frederick was 15 years old, and was rebellious and difficult to control, he was sent to work in the field with a guy named Covey, who was reputed to know taming the slaves. When Covey tried to tie him to a pole to whip, Frederick decided to fight and he and Covey was beaten for over an hour until the latter gave up. Covey had a reputation to look after which he lived and could not let it known that he had not been able to control a boy. Frederick learned his first lesson, "the slave who is more whip lash is left."

Frederick was still not without danger for southern slaveholders were allowed to pursue and capture their slaves in the North and many adventurers were engaged in this work in search of reward. Frederick was able to contact members of the "Underground Railroad" ("Underground Railroad"), an abolitionist who was home network and moved to safe places in the North to the escaped slaves. Frederick was transferred to New Bedford, Massachusetts. It was there that he changed his real name, Bailey, by Douglass, to hide his identity and evade imprison. In New Bedford, Frederick Douglass was linked to the American Anti-Slavery Society, led by William Lloyd Garrison, who edited a newspaper called "Liberator." The society was composed of white abolitionists who advocated

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