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What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?

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Jolie Rintelmann

on 18 September 2015

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The government and all citizens who believed that they were truly living by the constitution

"Mr. president, friends, and fellow citizens..."
(Proof of who he was addressing)
Jolie Rintelmann, Sinead Kinlan, and
What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?
Former slave
Participated in assisting slaves on the Underground Railroad
July 5, 1852; Rochester, NY
Disputes over the Fugitive Slave Act
Racial segregation
Celebrating freedom in a hypocritical manner
Frederick's purpose was to persuade the government officials to reevaluate the correct implementing of the constitution.
Frederick Douglass
Equality / freedom for not only the whites
The hypocrasy of the Fourth of July

Fredrick gets his audience to listen and trust his word because he himself is a former slave and a well respected abolitionist
Frederick's tone in his speech is forthright, he has real confidence in the way he talks.
Douglass took the opportunity to defiantly point out the ripe hypocrisy of a nation celebrating their ideals of freedom and equality while simultaneously mired in the evil of slavery.
Fredrick emotionally connects with the audience and draws them in by telling of his previous slave encounters and
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