Bear in mind, also, and the fact is an important one, that the framers of the Constitution sat with doors closed, and that this was done purposely, that nothing but the result of their labours should be seen, and that that result should be judged of by the people free from any of the bias shown in the debates. I am not that man. The time was when such could be done. Slavery ended 152 years ago. Years later, Douglass shared a stage in Harpers Ferry with , the prosecutor who secured Brown's conviction and execution.
Before we examine into the disposition, tendency, and character of the Constitution, I think we had better ascertain what the Constitution itself is. I will not cite the declarations of abolitionists; for these you might pronounce exaggerations. Douglass 1894b, in Brotz 1992: 329—30 Fourth and finally, the real solution, according to Douglass, was not emigration, and separation, for that was contrary to historical progress, providence, and the emergence of the new American race. Traces of it may be seen even in Rochester; and travelers have told me it casts its gloomy shadows across the lake, approaching the very shores of Queen Victoria's dominions. Du Bois 1868—1963 and Alain Locke 1884—1954; see Harris 1989. Shortly after he returned home, Douglass died of a massive heart attack.
Douglass did not want to delay black male suffrage to resolve this question over suffrage for all women. Ask students to write a short essay about how Douglass employs the different rhetorical elements to narrate his story and at the same time make his argument. Nevertheless, Douglass had no time for this shortsightedness; which comes only with the luxury of the liberty he fought for, and, of course, time. Then would my task be light, and my burden easy and delightful. Howard McGary and Bill E. While conceding that these critics have a point, Peter C. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
Absolute and arbitrary power can never be maintained by one man over the body and soul of another man, without brutal chastisement and enormous cruelty. They loved their country better than their own private interests; and, though this is not the highest form of human excellence, all will concede that it is a rare virtue, and that when it is exhibited, it ought to command respect. Under his leadership over 5,000 arrests were made. There are seventy-two crimes in the State of Virginia which, if committed by a black man no matter how ignorant he be , subject him to the punishment of death; while only two of the same crimes will subject a white man to the like punishment. Yet, Douglass is a fitting hero for the integrationist impulse in general. Fully appreciating the hardship to be encountered, firmly believing in the right of their cause, honorably inviting the scrutiny of an on-looking world, reverently appealing to heaven to attest their sincerity, soundly comprehending the solemn responsibility they were about to assume, wisely measuring the terrible odds against them, your fathers, the fathers of this republic, did, most deliberately, under the inspiration of a glorious patriotism, and with a sublime faith in the great principles of justice and freedom, lay deep the corner-stone of the national superstructure, which has risen and still rises in grandeur around you.
The signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave men. This jumbling up things is a sort of dust-throwing which is often indulged in by small men who argue for victory rather than for truth. That hour will come, to each, to all, And from his Prison-house, to thrall Go forth. The cause of liberty may be stabbed by the men who glory in the deeds of your fathers. Declaration of Independence, as well as the documented disagreements and cross-purposes, of the founders.
Since the slaves did not know their birthday, they were more easily treated like cattle or other property of the plantation, which was the objective of the slaveholders. You know what is a swine-drover? At the time, some skeptics questioned whether a black man could have produced such an eloquent piece of literature. Years later, a black congregation formed there and by 1940 it became the region's largest church. Your President, your Secretary of State, our lords, nobles, and ecclesiastics, enforce, as a duty you owe to your free and glorious country, and to your God, that you do this accursed thing. What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? The evils resulting from this huge system of iniquity are not confined to the states south of Mason and Dixon's line.
The iron shoe, and crippled foot of China must be seen in contrast with nature. She died November 26, 1883 at her home in Battle Creek,Michigan. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour. The manhood of the slave is conceded. Kirkland 1999 , is a valuable guide to lines of inquiry about Douglass, and the debates he inspired, within philosophy in the United States. I proceed to the discussion. New York, Auburn : Miller, Orton.
The ear-piercing fife and the stirring drum unite their accents with the ascending peal of a thousand church bells. The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass. In 1863 they discussed the issues of unequal pay and treatment of black soldiers; Douglass was extremely pleased at the friendly reception he was given by Lincoln, and by his understanding of the problem of achieving equal treatment. I am not that man. But in the Capital, Douglass persevered. As such, he had a firm faith in the progress of man, civilization, and Western Christendom; hence, he saw American slavery as a brutal backwardness that ran counter to the progress of history. To side with the right, against the wrong, with the weak against the strong, and with the oppressed against the oppressor! Who so obdurate and dead to the claims of gratitude, that would not thankfully acknowledge such priceless benefits? Is that the way to deal with good and evil? When a sufficient number have been collected here, a ship is chartered, for the purpose of conveying the forlorn crew to Mobile, or to New Orleans.
Ex-Vice-President Dallas tells us that the Constitution is an object to which no American mind can be too attentive, and no American heart too devoted. It makes its pathway over and under the sea, as well as on the earth. How he acquired it is a part of his story not to be neglected. Archived from on December 22, 2016. Human nature cannot honor one who is helpless, Douglass had observed long before, but it is bound to respect those who display a forceful, virtuous self-reliance. The freedom gained is yours; and you, therefore, may properly celebrate this anniversary. There were then no means of concert and combination, such as exist now.