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Analysis Of Frederick Douglas's Speech
Roquan Jones
Ms. Cuba
ELA lll. 4
31 January, 2017
Frederick Douglass Fourth of July Speech

Frederick Douglass, born as Frederick Augustus Bailey, was born in February 1818. He didn’t know the date he was born, but throughout his later life he celebrated his birthday February 14th. He was a 19th century abolitionist leader and he also was a famous speaker. He was born and raised in Talbot, Maryland; where he spent his life as a slave. He was separated from his parents at a young age, and he never knew or saw his father. Frederick did not have a childhood, he was forced to work hard as a slave and take cruel treatment. Frederick was born into slavery in 1818 in Talbot, the same place he was raised. In 1825 he was sold and sent to Baltimore to work for another family, where he learned to read and write. Although, he learned to read and write he still felt unhappy about his situation and wanted to change it. Frederick escaped from his master in Baltimore on September 3, 1838 and he took the last name Douglass. He said in one of his speeches “I felt assured that if I failed in this attempt, my case would be a hopeless one,” he wrote in his autobiography. “It would seal my fate as a slave forever.” (Klein "Frederick Douglass Escapes Slavery" 2013). After escaping, he settled in New Bedford, Massachusetts
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In this speech he talks about equal rights, justice, and citizenship for blacks. He also tells the people that they come as one to celebrate the 4th of July. Furthermore, he reminds them that the nation is young and still needed for a positive change. He says “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” ("A quote by Frederick Douglass"). He was asked to do the speech because he was a good speaker and his words changed how people view the world. His speech impacted the world because he was an intelligent man and no one would expect that from a

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