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Color Lines, Frederick Douglass, 1883
In the late 19th century, African American participation in all phases of American life was qualified by prejudice; most avenues of social and economic improvement remained closed. Frederick Douglass, the best-known and most influential African American spokesman of his time, considered these facts and offered a solution in the following speech of September 24, 1883.​

Douglass, Frederick. "The Color Line in America (1883)." Encyclopædia Britannica's Guide to Black History. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., n.d. Web. 23 Mar. 2016.

When Douglass uses the term "this feeling" in line 37, he is referring to


the feeling of hope as he looks ahead into the future.


the feeling of prejudice that white society has toward black society.


the feeling of injustice that he has experienced all of his life.


the feeling of betrayal he had when he was enslaved.

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