not a poem . . . . yes, an epic poem

I have discovered that most recordings of the famous Frederick Douglass 1852 speech, What to the Slave is the 4th of July,” are abbreviated, curated, and otherwise shortened for convenience. Moreover, most transcripts and texts available and accessible on the internets are similarly selectively curtailed. Let’s face it, people gave very long speeches back then, more like the Sunday sermons I grew up being subjected to in my Baptist/Methodist youth.

All that said, here is a link to the whole Douglass speech. It is, as the Portuguese would say, vale a pena (worth the pain) to review and study in its entirety, all 18 pages. And below is a Youtube audio of the entire speech read aloud. Enjoy!

Author: Raymond Maxwell Librarian, archivist, retired foreign service officer and Navy veteran.

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