PACE Abolition Movement Webquest - Halle Cansdale
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"The fact is, ladies and gentlemen, the distance between this platform and the slave plantation, from which I escaped, is considerable — and the difficulties to be overcome in getting from the latter to the former, are by no means slight."
"This, for the purpose of this celebration, is the 4th of July. It is the birthday of your National Independence, and of your political freedom. This, to you, is what the Passover was to the emancipated people of God."
"This home government, you know, although a considerable distance from your home, did, in the exercise of its parental prerogatives, impose upon its colonial children, such restraints, burdens and limitations, as, in its mature judgment, it deemed wise, right and proper."
In his introduction, Douglass is explaining to the audience, that is not pictured, why he is making the speech, and he is using an example of his own life.
"We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and to the future."
Next, Douglass talks about how he specifically made his speech on Independence Day because it represents the day that America received its freedom, and his speech is about freedom for slaves.
"For the present, it is enough to affirm the equal manhood of the Negro race."
This quote is referencing the time when America was under the rule of Great Britain, and they had the same government. Douglass is talking about how Americans have come a long way from where they were, and how now they are can move past slavery.
"Allow me to say, in conclusion, notwithstanding the dark picture I have this day presented of the state of the nation, I do not despair of this country."
The message that Douglass is trying to get across in this sentence is that the past is the past and we can't change that, and we need to focus on the present and the future.
To add on to Douglass' last quote I used, we need to focus on the present, and the present needs to focus un giving equal rights to blacks.
In my final quote I chose from Douglass, he talks about how despite the US still having slavery, he doesn't hate the country.
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