“What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”
Address to the Rochester Ladies and Slavery Society, Rochester, New York, USA, Monday 5 July 1852
Frederick Douglass, originally named Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, was born on 14 February 1818 and died on 20 February 1895. Douglass was a women’s suffragist, a brave and superb orator, an abolitionist, author, reformer and statesman. Among his famous phrases are “I could, as a free man, look across the bay toward the Eastern Shore where I was born a slave” and “One and God make a majority”.
Without question, America holds him as one of its most prominent African-American figures. Possibly the most prominent. Douglass was born into slavery but escaped in 1838. Extraordinarily, ...