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Ossie Davis: A Voice Ringing O'er the Gale! The Oratory of Frederick Douglass *

Track List

>What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July
>What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July
>If There Is No Struggle, There Is No Progress
>Plea for Freedom of Speech, A
>Why I Became a Women's Rights Man

Album Notes

Audio Remasterers: Pete Reiniger; Will Chase.

Author: Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Introduction by: Robert H. Cataliotti.

Photographer: Ruby Dee.

There are no sound recordings of Frederick Douglass, whose fiery speeches in support of the abolition of slavery and his passionate pleas for women's rights between 1852 and 1888 are prescient wonders. With a robust voice and his charismatic appearance, Douglass had a clear and true vision of what democracy in America should look like, and that view is perhaps even more vital in the 21st century. Moe Asch's Folkways Records had actor Ossie Davis record four of those speeches in 1972, releasing them as a pair of LPs, THE MEANING OF JULY 4 FOR THE NEGRO in 1975 and FREDERICK DOUGLASS'S SPEECHES in 1977. This set combines four of the speeches from those two LPs adding a detailed and fascinating booklet. And if one can't exactly dance to this kind of oratory, one can certainly take it to heart, its history and, in this case, its sharp, empathetic vision of an important and visionary American thinker.


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