Friday, July 4, 2014 - Volume 5, Number 4

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Frederick Douglass to America: Be True, at Whatever Cost

July 4th,  Ring-Bolt to the Nation’s Destiny





Many say  that we are a divided country, and it is hard to deny that many make that seem so.  Yet, here we do believe that the better part of us still are united in the thing that matters most:  our near-sacred hold of our heritage, that common, shared idea of the freedom and equality of man.  A perfect idea born into this imperfect world by imperfect men, through imperfect means, handed down to an imperfect people.


We may understand it differently, see it differently, apply it differently; and yet we do understand that we are all valuing, reaching for the same thing.


While our nation had not yet rid itself of the “hideous monster” that was corrupting its soul, a former slave saw reason for hope, reaching for that promise that, though borne by imperfect, flawed people, could elevate all.



I do not despair of this country. There are forces in operation, which must inevitably work the downfall of slavery. “The arm of the Lord is not shortened,” and the doom of slavery is certain. I, therefore, leave off where I began, with hope. While drawing encouragement from the Declaration of Independence, the great principles it contains, and the genius of American Institutions, my spirit is also cheered by the obvious tendencies of the age.



The 4th of July is the first great fact in your nation’s history — the very ring-bolt in the chain of your yet undeveloped destiny.


Pride and patriotism, not less than gratitude, prompt you to celebrate and to hold it in perpetual remembrance. I have said that the Declaration of Independence is the ring-bolt to the chain of your nation’s destiny; so, indeed, I regard it. The principles contained in that instrument are saving principles. Stand by those principles, be true to them on all occasions, in all places, against all foes, and at whatever cost.


Fedrerick Douglass

“What to the Slave is the Fourth of Juy?”

July 4, 1852


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