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Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass [Paperback]

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April 28, 2006 0486447618 978-0486447612 First Printing - First Thus
Tracing the struggle for freedom and civil rights across two centuries, this anthology comprises speeches by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other influential figures in the history of African-American culture and politics.
The collection begins with Henry Highland Garnet's 1843 "An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America," followed by Jermain Wesley Loguen's "I Am a Fugitive Slave," the famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech by Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass's immortal "What, to the Slave, Is the Fourth of July?" Subsequent orators include John Sweat Rock, John M. Langston, James T. Rapier, Alexander Crummell, Booker T. Washington, Mary Church Terrell, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Francis J. Grimké, Marcus Garvey, and Mary McLeod Bethune. Martin Luther King, Jr.,'s "I Have a Dream" speech appears here, along with Malcolm X's "The Ballot or The Bullet," Shirley Chisholm's "The Black Woman in Contemporary America," "The Constitution: A Living Document" by Thurgood Marshall, and Barack Obama's "Knox College Commencement Address." Includes 2 selections from the Common Core State Standards Initiative: "I Have a Dream" and "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July."

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; First Printing - First Thus edition (April 28, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486447618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486447612
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 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 (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Window into American History April 15, 2009
By Nate
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Speeches by African Americans 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Collection March 23, 2008
By Y. Nall
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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
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Thing in Small Package 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Speeches 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Collection July 25, 2008
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I expected this book to be inspiring, since I have collected quotes from these speakers.... It lived up to the promise and then some. There is such a compelling glimpse into history and moments of greatness, probably seen best in hindsight.

I would love to see this book used in schools!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read!
Published 2 days ago by FHill28
5.0 out of 5 stars Not great reading!
Old info history.
Might be helpful if for public shool teachers.
Published 12 days ago by Zhonename
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I enjoyed selecting this product. It served my purpose and my immediate needs, it was informative and a perfect gift (to myself or others.).
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Here's some good ass speeches. Are you from Hyde Park Kenwood? You know you'll love it. Memorize some lines. Impress your friends. Buy this book. It don't cost much!!! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Twain
5.0 out of 5 stars EDUCATIONAL MOVIE
I HAVE ALWAYS HAD AN ADMIRATION FOR THIS GREAT MAN IN MY HISTORY AND AS AN AFRICAN AMERICAN MAN. I STILL WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS GREAT ABOLITIONIST WHO FOUGHT FOR THE RIGHTS... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Joseph W. Scott Sr
3.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Courageous Elegant
The earlier speeches are remarkably strong given the time in history when they were delivered.
The choices were excellent. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mary Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars African American Orators
I wanted a collection of great speeches by African Americans and was able to get many of them through the purchase of this book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Elizabeth C. Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Mandatory reading!
Absolutely the foremost American writer. His writings should be mandatory reading in all High School classrooms.This should be in every American's home.
Published 7 months ago by Orlando Smart-Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great speeches
This book is truly full of great speeches in a crucial time of American history. It is very enriching and especially relevant.
Published 8 months ago by Ava Wooton
4.0 out of 5 stars I own this book
It is thought provoking & causes one to reflect on our thinking and behavior on a daily basis.. Read it and apply it..
Published 9 months ago by SGT Pete
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