Daily Archives: July 4, 2010

July 4th, Frederick Douglass’ Speech

Frederick Douglass' speech on July 4 1852 gives us pause to think about the completed and unfinished business of freedom fighting.

Happy Independence Day, everyone!

Dunreith’s back, Aidan’s downtown at Grant Park for a concert and we are relaxing watching the recap of the 1980 Borg-McEnroe Wimbledon final before heading to a barbeque. ¬†Earlier today, I took in dear friends Danny Postel and Derrick Milligan winning a 4th of July Over 40s doubles tournament over two brothers named Cano.

It’s also the second Independence Day since Barack Obama became our nation’s first black president.

Whatever one thinks of Obama’s performance, and the critics on the left and right are many, one cannot deny that his election in November 2008 was a landmark event in our nation’s history.

To get some perspective on how far we’ve come, one need only read the words about today’s holiday from the late, great Frederick Douglass. One of the most compelling, talented and accomplished people our nation has ever produced, Douglass wrote three versions of his autobiography, one of which I wrote about last year before Aidan began his A.P. History class.

In one of the works, he wrote about how the Christmas Day celebrations slaveowners used to give their slaves achieved their intended purpose of distracting them from their bondage all the other days of the year.

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