Frederick Douglass


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  • ''Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.''
    Frederick Douglass (c.1817-1895), U.S. abolitionist. Speech, April 1886, Washington, DC. The Frederick Douglass Papers, ed. John W. Blassingame (1982). Speech made on the 24th anniversary of Emancipation in the District of Columbia.
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  • ''Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is in an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe.''
    Frederick Douglass (c. 1817-1895), U.S. abolitionist. Speech, April 1886, Washington, D.C.. On the 24th anniversary of emancipation in the District of Columbia.
  • ''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.''
    Frederick Douglass (c.1817-1895), U.S. abolitionist. Speech, July 5, 1852, Rochester, NY. "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" The Frederick Douglass Papers, ed. John W. Blassingame, first series (1982).

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