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What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

Read the following speech by Fredrick Douglass: "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?"
Answer the following:
1) A brief summary of his speech, main points?
2) What is he trying to say to his audience? What are his messages?
3) Irony, rhetorical, and tone?


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1) a) Frederick Douglas begins his speech by questioning why he is speaking at a Fourth of July Independence Day celebration. The purpose of this section is to make the point that the independence of America has not actually translated to all Americans - there are still many Americans who are not free. Therefore, for the African American, most of them in slavery, are not celebrating alongside the rest of the country. He says, "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine"
b) Douglas then briefly makes the point that it is hypocrisy for America to be practising slavery: to be representing itself to be the epitome of freedom and yet keeping so many of its people in bondage. He ...

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The expert determines what is the slave of fourth of July.