Great Speeches by African Americans: Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barack Obama, and Others (Dover Thrift Editions) (Paperback)
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Tracing the struggle for freedom and civil rights across two centuries, this anthology comprises speeches by Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr., and other influential figures in the history of African-American culture and politics.
The collection begins with Henry Highland Garnet's 1843 An Address to the Slaves of the United States of America, followed by Jermain Wesley Loguen's I Am a Fugitive Slave, the famous Ain't I a Woman? speech by Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass's immortal What, to the Slave, Is the Fourth of July? Subsequent orators include John Sweat Rock, John M. Langston, James T. Rapier, Alexander Crummell, Booker T. Washington, Mary Church Terrell, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Francis J. Grimk , Marcus Garvey, and Mary McLeod Bethune. Martin Luther King, Jr., 's I Have a Dream speech appears here, along with Malcolm X's The Ballot or The Bullet, Shirley Chisholm's The Black Woman in Contemporary America, The Constitution: A Living Document by Thurgood Marshall, and Barack Obama's Knox College Commencement Address.
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James Daley is the editor of several Dover editions, including The World's Greatest Short Stories, Classic Crime Stories, Favorite Christmas Poems, and Great Writers on the Art of Fiction.