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  • On Independence Day: A Call for Emancipation

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  • On June 30, Freeman Freeman and others read from the speech presented by Frederick Douglass on July 4, 1862 in Himrod.
    In his lengthy oratory, called “The Slaveholders' Rebellion,” Douglass said, “I am convinced that this rebellion and slavery are twin monsters, and that they must fall or flourish together, and that all attempts at upholding one while putting down the other, will be followed by continued trains of darkening calamities, such as make this anniversary of our national independence a day of mourning instead of a day of transcendent joy and gladness.”
    Others who read portions of the speech were Chevanne De Vaney, Dorris Perryman and Dr Alex Perryman, all of Keuka College.
    The transcript of the speech can be found above, right.
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