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In commemoration of Independence Day in the US, here is Frederick Douglass’s “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?”

“O! had I the ability, and could I reach the nation's ear, I would, to day, pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder.”

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