To begin with, Fourth of July marks the independence day of the United States of which it is a federal holiday whereby there is a commemoration of the adoption of the Declaration of independence from the kingdom of the Great Britain. Associated with the day are celebrations in many ways. They involve political speeches, ceremonies, use of fireworks, parades, fairs, concerts, barbecues, carnivals, baseball games and both private and public events all made to celebrate the independence of the United states. This day came as a result of the American Revolution in the sense that the American colonies were separated from the Great Britain. Before then a proposition by Richard Henry Lee of Virginia had gone forth and as a result in the second continental Congress a resolution was reached (Smith & Ramirez-Krodel,1990).
This happened on 2, July 1776 of which 4th July concentrated on the declaration. Among the founding fathers was Thomas Jefferson who was the principal author of the committee of five. Also there was Jon Adams who had predicted about the declaration of the independence two days before. This day was celebrated also because the American colonies were tired of the taxes imposed on them. They were tired of the crown that ruled and as a result they sought to make it to gain the liberty and freedom that every human being longs for. They sought for equity on the basis that all men were equal and that they should have freedom that makes them to pursue happiness (Foner, 2008). Following this point, the founding fathers had the 4th July as a day that they celebrated freedom that they fought many battles in order to get (Foner, 2008). They were relieved of the great grievances they had under the British crown which at the same time taxed them along with exerting violence on them like the case of Massacre.
Despite the freedom that the Americans celebrated, the slaves in this case had a different meaning from theirs. This is evident in the exploration of the speech made by Frederick Douglass who was famous and known as an influential African American leader of the 1800s. Having been born as a slave in Maryland, he managed to escape to North in 1838. He was a leading figure in the England antislavery movement in the society. The celebration of freedom in the nation on the 4th July was like a mockery to the salves who were in America and in particular the African Americans. By calling Frederick Douglass to make a speech on this particular day of celebrating the nation’s independence surfaced the nation’s greatest hypocrisy (Foner, 2008). According to Frederick Douglass the nation’s celebrations of freedom was hypocrisy since many of the people were at the borders held as slaves.
The 4th of July to the slaves brought no meaning as it had nothing to do with their freedom and in this case it appeared as a mockery and hypocrisy. Focusing on the meaning of independence, the political freedom and natural justice that was provided by the independence was not extended to the African American and thus Frederick Douglass viewed it that he was in the celebration not because of himself and the ones he represented but for the Americans alone. In line with this, the benefits that came along with the independence did not bring any impact to the slaves as they remained as slaves even though freedom according to Americans was achieved (Smith & Ramirez-Krodel, 1990). The celebrations that are usually held on 4th July to the slaves, they only heighten the distance between the Americans and the African Americans who were held in slavery. They are not allowed to celebrate the rich inheritance that of justice, prosperity and liberty and thus the independence is only celebrated by the Americans and not the African Americans who were the slaves. Just like taking a man in prison under fetters and take him to a temple of liberty was the state of the slaves in America (Foner 2008).
By the mere fact that the Americans shout and celebrate the Independence Day, they make the millions of slaves to mourn even more, since the shouts make their chains of slavery heavy and grievous even more unbearable. In America, the slaves are not acknowledged as human beings and for that reason they were not allowed to read and know how to write. In the case of the seventy two crime of Virginia, if committed by a black man, he is given the penalty of death while only two crimes among the seventy two on which a white man would face a death sentence. When Independence Day claims liberty for all and equity, to the salves this is wrong since they have remained as the American slaves over a long time. The American slaves do a lot of heavy work using manual labour that only wearies them. They are treated as if they are not human beings being subjected to heavy work and discrimination (Smith & Ramirez-Krodel, 1990, p.24).
In actual fact, they have a lot to offer but the treatment they receive from the Americans is far much to be questioned. In this sense, American slaves are treated with contempt and they long for deliverance. Even before God and the face of all humanity, slavery stand to be condemned as it deprives the slaves the natural freedom of living. Being treated as if they are machines and not human beings the slaves have faced blood shed and many such crimes that they are subjected to as if they are not human beings who need freedom just as the others do. The meaning of freedom to the American slaves was that they would be freed from the slavery but this did not make any sense since they were denied their freedom.
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