The Fourth of July represents independence and freedom, many of us may celebrate it because it mean more time off from work, or just maybe just an excuse to grill out. Well to many people who lived back in that time of when the declaration was signed, It did not symbolize freedom and independence at all. It signified injustice for some and freedom for others. The colonists felt restricted that they could not make their own rules and could not spend their money the way they wanted. Great Britain wanted to control them, the colonists got upset and started coming up with their own plan. So a meeting by Congress took place in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania to discuss a declaration to be drawn up for all americans to become independent.
Thomas Jefferson was asked to write a draft to start with, then he wrote a document that would satisfy the committee of what had been discussed among the congressional committee. The committee revised what Thomas Jefferson had written and signed the document on August 2,1776 and declared Independence day on July 4, 1776. Freedom and independence was not felt by everyone though, to Frederick Douglass it represented injustice that he and other slaves suffered. He gave praise to the accomplishments of the americans who would benefit from the signing of the declaration. Frederick Douglass was born a slave, but escaped in 1838 where he learned to read and write in New York, where he became an activist for black equality. He became the spokesperson for black rights and the Fourth of July Oration.
Frederick Douglass felt he stood alone on this issue discussing what was wrong to a crowd who really never understood and probably never will, the way he delivered his speech. Because though he lived his life like any other normal man did, he was not treated equally as the others were, neither were many other slaves. This is why he bacame the spokesperson for black people, to fight for laws to change for black people as well. Just because the declaration was signed, it did not necessarily mean freedom for him. The American Slave Trade is what he was referring to that really bothered him. If Frederick Douglass hadn’t fought so hard to help make Independence day a day to include everyone, meaning all slaves as well, this country would still be practicing what he feared the most back then.
Frederick Douglass died at his home in 1895 of a heart attack. Another moment in black history.