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The Most Powerful 4th Of July Speech Is One You’ve Probably Never Heard

Ten years before the Civil War, the city of Rochester, NY asked Frederick Douglass to speak for its July 4, 1852 celebration. Douglass accepted, but rather than join in the ‘celebration,’ Douglass took it in an unexpected direction. In this clip, Danny Glover performs part of that speech (hat tip to the Zinn Education Project).

Original transcript here.

Found onĀ The Howard Zinn Facebook page. Originally submitted by Angie A.