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Reading Frederick Douglass – Essex
Essex Free Library
Essex Free Library, Brownell Library and Deborah Rawson Library join the Vermont Humanities Council to read Frederick Douglass’s fiery 1852 speech, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July.” We are looking forward to this collaboration as a special way for our communities to come together near the Fourth of July holiday, a time when we celebrate our nation’s independence and ponder what that means for all of our citizens. The shared reading will be followed by discussion and refreshments. Please consider partaking – we hope to have many participants, both young and old. This is a participatory event. Community members are invited to witness and/or join in the reading. Copies of the speech will be provided.
For more information
- VHC’s Reading Frederick Douglass page
- “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro” transcripts (abridged and full)
- Frederick Douglass on History.com
Frederick Douglass mini bio: