TEL 410-729-4011      FAX The freedom which they toiled to win? Heart within, and God overhead.”. When the dogs in your streets, when the fowls of the air, when the cattle on your hills, when the fish of the sea, and the reptiles that crawl, shall be unable to distinguish the slave from a brute, there will I argue with you that the slave is a man! The American church is guilty, when viewed in connection with what it is doing to uphold slavery; but it is superlatively guilty when viewed in connection with its ability to abolish slavery. America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. Standing with God and the crushed and bleeding slave on this occasion, I will, in the name of humanity which is outraged, in the name of liberty which is fettered, in the name of the constitution and the Bible, which are disregarded and trampled upon, dare to call in question and to denounce, with all the emphasis I can command, everything that serves to perpetuate slavery—the great sin and shame of America! It is not that “pure and undefiled religion” which is from above, and which is “first pure, then peaceable, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.” But a religion which favors the rich against the poor; which exalts the proud above the humble; which divides mankind into two classes, tyrants and slaves; which says to the man in chains, stay there; and to the oppressor, oppress on; it is a religion which may be professed and enjoyed by all the robbers and enslavers of mankind; it makes God a respecter of persons, denies his fatherhood of the race, and tramples in the dust the great truth of the brotherhood of man. The simple story of it is that, 76 years ago, the people of this country were British subjects. They inhabit all our Southern States. This Fourth [of] July is yours, not mine. Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. Calls for the use of Black troops to fight the Confederacy through the establishment of Negro regiments in the Union Army. Should I seem at ease, my appearance would much misrepresent me. And it would go hard with that politician who presumed to solicit the votes of the people without inscribing this motto on his banner. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. Neither steam nor lightning had then been reduced to order and discipline. Read the judge's words from chapter 23 of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Willpower is the key to success. Mark the sad procession, as it moves wearily along, and the inhuman wretch who drives them. Understanding why and how to control the human ego. Flash Celebrations on the Fourth of July are—or at least used to be—about inclusion and coming together as one to celebrate a common cause. It is the antagonistic force in your government, the only thing that seriously disturbs and endangers your Union. called upon to speak here today? God speed the day when human blood Black History DVD educate and inspire young people in selected cities internationally They have all been taught in your common schools, narrated at your firesides, unfolded from your pulpits, and thundered from your legislative halls, and are as familiar to you as household words. But, I submit, where all is plain there is nothing to be argued. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams. I take it, therefore, that it is not presumption in a private citizen to form an opinion of that instrument. 410-729-0353 Behold the practical operation of this internal slave-trade, the American slave-trade, sustained by American politics and American religion. & The Hyksos, Map NEW! There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter. For who is there so cold, that a nation’s sympathy could not warm him? There is not time now to argue the constitutional question at length—nor have I the ability to discuss it as it ought to be discussed. I answer: a day that reveals to him, more The cause of liberty may be stabbed by the men who glory in the deeds of your fathers. It is fashionable to do so; but there was a time when to pronounce against England, and in favor of the cause of the colonies, tried men’s souls. December: South Carolina secedes from the Union. Heavy billows, like mountains in the distance, disclose to the leeward huge forms of flinty rocks! They must forever stand in line behind the first fifteen men elected to the position who served out their terms or died in the effort without once lifting a finger to seriously consider abolishing slavery. There are seventy-two crimes in the State of Virginia, which, if committed by a black man, (no matter how ignorant he be), subject him to the punishment of death; while only two of the same crimes will subject a white man to the like punishment. Fellow-citizens, this murderous traffic is, to-day, in active operation in this boasted republic. You will not, therefore, be surprised, if in what I have to say. You invite to your shores fugitives of oppression from abroad, honor them with banquets, greet them with ovations, cheer them, toast them, salute them, protect them, and pour out your money to them like water; but the fugitives from your own land you advertise, hunt, arrest, shoot and kill. This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the 4th of July. I am not that man. 1861 -- The Civil War begins. To do so, would be to make myself ridiculous, and to offer an insult to your understanding. For my part, I would say, welcome infidelity! By signing up to receive emails, you agree to receive occasional promotional offers for programs that support The Nation's journalism. Frederick Douglass quotes about slavery “Knowledge makes a man unfit to be a slave.” “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? 1864 -- Meets with Lincoln again. It esteems sacrifice above mercy; psalm-singing above right doing; solemn meetings above practical righteousness. They who did so were accounted in their day, plotters of mischief, agitators and rebels, dangerous men. Eventually his son Frederick Douglass Jr. becomes an army recruiter also. Learning how to use knowledge and understanding wisely. And what slave anywhere was ever a consideration for those who toiled in a country established by a Declaration promising something that could never be for an enormous chunk of the population? Were the nation older, the patriot’s heart might be sadder, and the reformer’s brow heavier. And wear the yoke of tyranny “I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.