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Briana Bing Maeve Kane AHIS 100 November 16, 2018 The American Civil War is regarded as "the war between the states". The civil war was based on economic and political discord between the northern and the southern states that could no longer be avoided. Fredrick Douglas's Speech on the Fourth of July provides a reason to the inevitability of the War. The civil war was inevitable in 1852 when Fredrick Douglas gave his speech on the Fourth of July. What makes this date so significant is the overall elocution of the speech. Douglas effectively brings to light the disturbing irony of the holiday. Specifically, that it celebrates freedom though actively acts against it. Quoting from "Fredrick Douglas on the Fourth of July" pg.237, "I am not included within the pale of this glorious anniversary! Your independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us…The sunlight that brought life and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn." The overall importance of this quote signifies the disunion between the whites who rejoiced on the fourth of July and the African Americans who were still facing "American slavery". There was an obvious divide on the subject of slavery and its effect on the country as a entity. Fredrick Douglas's "speech on the Fourth of July" makes a stance, stating that
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