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Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass Paperback – April 28, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0486447612 ISBN-10: 0486447618 Edition: 1st ed

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 1st ed edition (April 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486447618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486447612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The book was in excellent shape.
Kim S. Jones
Interesting accounts of historic figures in african american history as displaced in the memorable speeches.
Ramon L. Mcwhorter
I recommend that everyone read this book- from young to old and all in between!!!
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Nate on April 15, 2009
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More than a book of speeches, this solemn and profound book is a window into the history (or should I say plight?) of African Americans. Of many sagacious passages, here are a few highlights:

Fellow citizens, I will not enlarge further on your national inconsistencies. The existence of slavery in this country brands your republicanism as a sham, your humanity as a base pretence, and your Christianity as a lie. It destroys your moral power abroad; it corrupts your politicians at home. It saps the foundation of religion; it makes your name a hissing and a by word to a mocking earth. It is the antagonistic force in your government, the only thing that seriously disturbs and endangers your union. It fetters your progress; it is the enemy of improvement; the deadly foe of education; it fosters pride; it breeds insolence; it promotes vice; it shelters crime; it is a curse to the earth that supports it; and yet your cling to it as if it were the sheet anchor of all your hopes. Oh, be warned! Be warned! A horrible reptile is coiled up in your nation's bosom; the venomous creature is nursing at the tender breast of your youthful republic; for the love of God, tear way, and fling from you the hideous monster, and let the weight of twenty millions crush and destroy it forever!

Frederick Douglas
July 5, 1852

No, I'm not an American. I'm one of the 22 million black people who are the victims of Americanism. One of the 22 million black people who are the victims of democracy, nothing but disguised hypocrisy. So, I'm not standing here speaking to you as an American, or a patriot, or a flag-saluter, or a flag-waver - no, not I. I'm speaking as a victim of this American system. And I see America through the eyes of the victim.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ramon L. Mcwhorter on January 21, 2007
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Interesting accounts of historic figures in african american history as displaced in the memorable speeches. Gives insight into the thinking and beliefs of some the great african american leaders of past and present times. If you are a historican of african american leaders or an avid reader, I would strongly recommend reading this book.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By LA Momma! on March 23, 2008
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It was wonderful to find a compilation of full length speeches by African Americans. The speeches span from 1843 to 2005, and include lesser known speakers such as Henry Highland Garnet and Jermain Wesley Loguen, to the renowned Booker T. Washington and W.E.B Du Bois. As interesting and historically significant, if not coincidental, and timely, are speeches by Shirley Chisholm, and Barack Obama. Both were graduates of Columbia University. While Ms. Chisholm was the first African American female to hold office in the House of Representatives, Mr. Obama is the first African American male to hold an office in the Senate, since reconstruction. Additionally, one sought, while the other is seeking to hold the highest office in the United States - President. This compilation is a great addition to any household library.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Jones on March 9, 2009
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I am so excited about our new President, Barack Obama!!! I found this book while just shopping on Amazon.com. Great transaction, great product, great shipping. Thanks!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Joyce M. Grubbs on March 22, 2007
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This book was bought for a missionary in the rain forest of the Democratic Republic of the Congo for his schools. The schools are for the Batwa pygmy students. Their tribe in recent times was dominated by the Ekonda Master tribe. Now they are schooled together. This is for their English and History classes and their library.

The missionary who started the schools through Mission Pendjua, Dr. Jerry Galloway MD, feels this book will be a powerful influence and also give them the insight into the American expression of being an African American.

In a sense, "what comes round goes round" and this book and it's information and hope are being returned to Africa. It is powerful to realize that generations later, these authors and speakers are leading the way for the coming changes of the African continent.

Joyce M. Grubbs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dale A. Hudson on December 23, 2008
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The book is kind of small with small print and contains 20 speeches. Most of the orators are well known to include MLK Jr and Malcolm X, but only one entry per speaker. I was surprised to see a speech by Obama, albeit a lessor known commencement address. The 2004 Democratic Convention speech would have probably been a good addition. It was a very inexpensive book so a good value.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Fluker on April 7, 2014
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I love the product and will absolutely recommend you to all of My friends and coworkers.Have a wonderfull day.Thank you very much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sherrie L. Chapman on September 8, 2008
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It was wonderful to read these great speeches by great people. The book is something to be cherised by all. It was easy reading and the price is right. I will probably purchase more of this book to give to friends and family. Barack Obama is the man of the year, so everyone wants to read his speech.
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