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Leading Abolitionists - North Star Journal


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 sounds of rejoicing are empty and heartless; your denunciations of tyrants, brass fronted impudence; your shouts of liberty and equality, hollow mockery; your prayers and hymns, your sermons and thanksgivings, with all your religious parade, and solemnity, are, to him, mere bombast, fraud, deception, impiety, and hypocrisy.

This excerpt is from a speech given by this runaway slave who became a noted abolitionist, published several autobiographies, and published the North Star anti-slavery journal:


Henry "Box" Brown.


Sojourner Truth.


Angelina Grimke.


Theodore Dwight Weld.


Frederick Douglass.