Fourth of July


An excerpt from Frederick Douglass’s 1852 speech, “What to the slave is the 4th of July?”  An example of a use of humor (specifically his call to mockery at approximately 3:00) of a great power.


2 responses

  1. […] in America” have used holidays as a means of exploring humor (and filling space).  From Fourth of July to Labor Day to Halloween, we have marked certain ritual days by linking them to their related […]

  2. Reblogged this on Humor in America and commented:

    One of our first two or three posts, which means we are a year old or so… (our official birthday is August 11th).

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