the slaves frederick douglass


You declare, before the world, and are understood by the world to declare, that you “hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal; and are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; and that, among these are, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness;” and yet, you hold securely, in a bondage which, according to your own Thomas Jefferson, “is worse than ages of that which your fathers rose in rebellion to oppose,” a seventh part of the inhabitants of your country.This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the 4th of July. It was a startling idea, much more so, than we, at this distance of time, regard it. They believed in order; but not in the order of tyranny. The duty to extirpate and destroy it, is admitted even by our DOCTORS OF DIVINITY. Written directions were discouraged for the same reason. To side with the right, against the wrong, with the weak against the strong, and with the oppressed against the oppressor! Is that a question for Republicans?
I shall not be charged with slandering Americans, if I say I think the American side of any question may be safely left in American hands.Pride and patriotism, not less than gratitude, prompt you to celebrate and to hold it in perpetual remembrance. If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. They were statesmen, patriots and heroes, and for the good they did, and the principles they contended for, I will unite with you to honor their memory.Such people lived then, had lived before, and will, probably, ever have a place on this planet; and their course, in respect to any great change, (no matter how great the good to be attained, or the wrong to be redressed by it), may be calculated with as much precision as can be the course of the stars.

It was demanded, in the name of humanity, and according to the law of the living God. Not for thieves and robbers, enemies of society, merely, but for men guilty of no crime. Yea! Resources and Services To this end, the theme of this year's "The Civic Discourse Project" will address Educational Outreach and Student Services With brave men there is always a remedy for oppression.

It is neither. Tell me citizens, WHERE, under the sun, you can witness a spectacle more fiendish and shocking.

Mark the sad procession, as it moves wearily along, and the inhuman wretch who drives them. Frederick Douglass is one prominent example of how these trends: helping and protecting runaway slaves; and establishing international antislavery support networks to help put pressure on the United States to abolish the institution, came together. We are met on the threshold of our efforts for the redemption of the slave, by the church and ministry of the country, in battle arrayed against us; and we are compelled to fight or flee. They form the staple of your national poetry and eloquence.Would you have me argue that man is entitled to liberty? “I really believe he knew me,” Douglass wrote, “but had not heart to betray me.”“But you have something to show that you are a free man, have you not?” the conductor queried.“Yes sir, I have a paper with the American eagle on it, that will carry me round the world,” Douglass responded. The Underground Railroad consisted of meeting points, secret routes, transportation, safe houses, and assistance provided by abolitionists and sympathizers. I scarcely need say, fellow-citizens, that my opinion of those measures fully accords with that of your fathers. — There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven, that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.In prosecuting the anti-slavery enterprise, we have been asked to spare the church, to spare the ministry; but how, we ask, could such a thing be done? The largest group settled in Upper Canada, called Canada West from 1841 and known today as Southern Ontario, where numerous black Canadian communities developed. They are food for the cotton-field, and the deadly sugar-mill. They, however, gradually flow back to the same old channel, and flow on as serenely as ever. In speaking of the American church, however, let it be distinctly understood that I mean the great mass of the religious organizations of our land. Let it be thundered around the world, that, in tyrant-killing, king-hating, people-loving, democratic, Christian America, the seats of justice are filled with judges, who hold their offices under an open and palpable bribe, and are bound, in deciding in the case of a man’s liberty, hear only his accusers!But, your fathers, who had not adopted the fashionable idea of this day, of the infallibility of government, and the absolute character of its acts, presumed to differ from the home government in respect to the wisdom and the justice of some of those burdens and restraints. This truth is not a doubtful one.

Nations do not now stand in the same relation to each other that they did ages ago. R. R. Raymond) on the platform, are shining examples; and let me say further, that upon these men lies the duty to inspire our ranks with high religious faith and zeal, and to cheer us on in the great mission of the slave’s redemption from his chains.