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All men are created equal. In the years prior to the Civil War, many Americans believed that only white males should be included in this phrase. Many also believed that the nation's original Constitution supported slavery. Frederick Douglass, the famous abolitionist and orator, devoted his life to refuting both these misconceptions, commanding the nation to live up to the promise of the Founding Fathers and grant equality to all persons, regardless of race or sex.
Using the springboard of Douglass' famous Fourth of July speech, James A. Colaiaco tells the compelling story of the conflict between our nation's historical practices and ideals. With evocative prose, Colaiaco breathes new life into Douglass' Fourth of July speech, interweaves it with Douglass' heroic life story to provide historical context and ultimately unravels the history of America's greatest dilemma: the contradiction between slavery and the nation's founding ideals.
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