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    I would unite with anybody to do right and with nobody to do wrong.

    Frederick Douglass


     
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    If there is no struggle, there is no progress.

    Frederick Douglass


     
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    I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you this day rejoice are not enjoyed in common. The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity, and independence bequeathed by your fathers is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought life and healing to you has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To drag a man in fetters into the grand illuminated temple of liberty, and call upon him to join you in joyous anthems, were inhuman mockery and sacrilegious irony. Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak today?

    Frederick Douglass, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” July 5, 1852; Rochester, NY


     
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