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On 4 July 2011, as I was nearing completion of "How To Be Black" I took a break to read and then perform this incredible 1852 speech by Frederick Douglass titled "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?" At 10,000 words and full of insight, wit and rage it is worth all 80 of the minutes it takes to listen. I performed this at The Onion's NYC offices in front of a live studio audience and live web stream audience. Enjoy.