What To The Slave Is The Fourth of July?
What To The Slave Is The Fourth Of July, originally given to the Ladies of the Rochester Anti-Slavery Sewing Society, is regarded as one of Douglass’s most powerful speeches. An interesting starting point for a class discussion might be to analyze the speech to determine what sort of rhetorical devices Douglass uses in order to appeal to his audience - not slaves, in this case, but a sympathetic, caucasian middle-class.

Author: Frederick Douglass

Interest Levels: 7 - 11

Reading Levels: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11

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