The 4th of July and the Declaration of Bondage

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The Declaration of Bondage 24 1/2 Inches x 29 3/4 Inches (Ink on Archival Rag Paper) by Carlton Mackey July 3, 2016

The Declaration of Bondage
24 1/2 Inches x 29 3/4 Inches
(Ink on Archival Rag Paper)
by Carlton Mackey
July 3, 2016

The High Resolution PDF Version is scaled to be printed at 24 1/2 inches x 29 3/4 inches.  These are the exact dimension of the Original 1776 "Declaration of Independence".

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On July 5, 1852, 76 years after the signing of the "Declaration of Independence" and still 13 years before the abolition of slavery, Frederick Douglass gave the best 4th of July speech in American history.   

(Excerpt Below)

What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer; a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim. To him, your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license; your national greatness, swelling vanity; your sound of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciation of tyrants brass fronted impudence; your shout of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanks-givings, with all your religious parade and solemnity, are to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy -- a thin veil to cover up crimes which would disgrace a nation of savages. There is not a nation on the earth guilty of practices more shocking and bloody than are the people of the United States, at this very hour.

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Delivered in Corinthian Hall, Rochester NY
July 5, 1852

 

Posted on July 3, 2016 .