How progressives talk about July 4 and our national history in 2020
I always enjoy Meteor Blades’ post about July 4, which highlights Frederick Douglass' iconic speech, "The Meaning of July 4th for the Negro," delivered in Rochester, New York, in 1852. The speech described the alienation enslaved people and African Americans in general felt from July 4, and also from America more broadly. Although the most often-quoted section discusses that sense of alienation, it is also important to remember Douglass' conclusion to the speech:
Allow me to say, in conclusion,...