Importance Of Freedom In The Fourth Of July

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"What to the slave is the Fourth of July" (BrainyQuote). During my time, The Fourth of July to a slave was not a day to celebrate our freedom. It was a time of harsh treatment with a lack of respect to our color. Our kind was led to believe when our Founding Fathers wrote the Declaration of Independence, that every man was created equal. We had no right to an education, because we weren 't allowed to read and write, even less learn the alphabet. Many of the things that had occurred in my life of slavery and experiences of harsh treatment, extreme work and beatings by whites, influenced the way I made the reader feel in place of my writing. I was fortunate enough to be able to read and write, so I could express my thoughts and try to lead my fellow slaves to a day that we could celebrate: The Fourth of July. My original name was Frederick Augustus Washington …show more content…
My speeches and autobiographies were meant to move the readers in a direction of equality. Focusing on one of my best works, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, some of the biggest themes are Knowledge is a path too freedom. Most slaves couldn 't read or write or have an extreme lack of knowledge. Whites tried to keep it this way so slaves couldn 't escape. Another major one is the treatment of slaves as property. Slave owners treated all the slaves as their property and didn 't focus on the fact that the Slave too, is human. (SparkNotes) In other speeches he delivered such as What to a Slave is the Fourth of July. In this speech the themes focus on how the Fourth of July to a white person is much different to a black. Our country had gained its freedom on this day, but, to a slave there is no Fourth of July. He even delivered many speeches on the topic of women 's suffrage on how women should have the same rights as men. The center focus on all of my pieces was definitely inequality. (Shmoop Editorial

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