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"What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" 

When: Fri., July 3, 5-7 p.m. 2015
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Some 13 years before Bobby Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass began one of his most famous speeches with an acknowledgment of how nervous he was to give it. He then launched into an emotional indictment of our country, asking his New York friends who requested he speak in honor of the holiday if they were mocking him with the invitation. "What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?" Douglass thundered. "... There is not a nation on the Earth guilty of practices, more shocking and bloody, than are the people of these United States, at this very hour." Hear it read by the community, and read aloud yourself, at 5 tonight at Mountain Fold Books (121 E. Costilla St., mountainfoldbooks.org). — Bryce Crawford

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