An American Question on the 4th of July

Commentary Inside the First Amendment By Charles C. Haynes First Amendment Center senior scholar

One of the most famous and compelling Fourth of July speeches in American history was no flag-waving paean to the glories of Old Glory — it was instead a searing judgment on the nation’s failure to fulfill the promise of liberty and equality proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence.

“What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” asked Frederick Douglass in 1852. &ldquo . . .

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