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What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July? 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. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants, brass-fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are, to Him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy-a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States at this very hour.

Frederick Douglass

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After this separation he lived with his maternal grandmother Betty Bailey. In this history Frederick Douglass (along with Harriet Tubman) is the revered Founder of a Black state created in the Deep South. The 1845 Narrative which was his biggest seller was followed by My Bondage and My Freedom in 1855.

Douglass wrote several autobiographies eloquently describing his experiences in slavery in his 1845 autobiography Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass an American Slave which became influential in its support for abolition. February 1818 – February 20 1895) was an American social reformer orator writer and statesman. Without his approval he became the first African American nominated for Vice President of the United States as the running mate of Victoria Woodhull on the impracticable and small Equal Rights Party ticket.

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