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Joel A. Freeman, Ph.D.
Frederick Douglass' Speech at Western
New-York Tribune (Monday, July 31, 1854)
Yesterday...Frederick Douglass addressed
the...societies of Western Reserve College, on the
occasion of the annual commencement. It was an exercise
with a peculiarity about it, which will distinguish it
from all of the kind of the present age. It is an anomaly
in the history of American literature. A black man is
invited to instruct the already well-instructed
Anglo-American student in his own University halls.
We say, we have seen the turning of a new
page in our literature. Douglass' position was not won for
him without a struggle on the part of his friends. In the
introduction he thanked the societies which had so kindly
and so perseveringly given him the invitation. His
ascending that platform, I count a triumph for humanity.
His theme was, "THE CLAIMS OF THE NEGRO RACE: Viewed
in a Psychological and Physiological Light."
not go into abstract truths, but present matters of living
importance to the people, and especially to the student of
the present age. On this stand he trusted that he would
not be expected to hold his breath, but he would be
permitted to speak the thought nearest to his heart. His
first claim for the Negro was his manhood
why should he present to this consideration of those who
had elected him as their speaker today?
Inquirer, and like sheets and kindred spirits, base
their whole argument in defense of American Slavery upon
the denial of this fact. He said that he was of the proper
color, or at least of the right fix to argue the point,
unless he would get down and go on all fours.
proposition was that what is technically called the
negro race, is a part of the human family. Was the
family of man a unit? The Notts, and Mortons, and Smiths
say no. A certain class of natural historians and
phrenologists say no. The prejudices and actions of
one-half of his countrymen say no. Here he reviewed two
volumes lately published by Dr. Morton and C.H. Smith with
such a keenness of criticism and with such a withering
sarcasm as was perfectly astonishing.
One argument of the latter writer in
opposition to the unity of the human family is, that the
voice of the Negro is feeble. Douglass read it loud and
thundering tones, and made no comment. He appealed to the
Bible -- God hath made one blood all nations, etc.. He
went back beyond the days of the pyramids and brought
forth his race from the regions of the Nile, the cradle of
civilization and art, and thus established its identity
with the Egyptians. Physiological peculiarities do not
prove a dissimilarity of origin.
The first day he set foot on European
soil, he addressed ten thousand of the Irish poor, and
found them needing nothing but the soil and sun of Niger
to make them in all respects like his own race -- feet of
the same form, shoulders of the same mold, and with the
same shuffling gait.
The Jews who lives a separate and distinct
people, is white in Europe, brown in Asia, and black in
all Africa. A people has been found who, on the
mountain where water freezes, are of light complexion,
with straight flaxen hair and blue eyes; down immediately
below them in the moist and heated valley, the same
people, with the same language and habits, have a black
skin and wooly hair.
But I do not attempt to give you an imperfect sketch of
his valuable address. To realize its power and effect, you
must have the thoughts as they come sparkling and bright,
directly from the fountain of his own deep soul. You must
see that eye, which in calm hours reveals nothing more
that a persevering, restless nature; but when the man is
aroused, burns and flashes, or melts and weeps, or pierces
with its angry, sarcastic glance, all to suit his subject
and obedient to his will. You must see the whole
countenance, in its every feature and muscle, working with
the power of the thought within him, and the entire frame
obedient to the will of the grand natural orator.
In the conclusion he says: But what if all I have said be
false: "a man's a man for a' that." The Anglo-Saxon and
African are both to be on this Continent now and forever.
You cannot colonize our race; it has sustained losses,
endured hardships and suffered all things; yet these have
not been effectual in driving it out. Here it has planted
its tree, though you cripple its growth and mar its
proportions, you cannot drive it from its shelter.
Besides, its living blood, in many cases, now flows with
yours in the same veins. It will not leave its native
land; it was here in her infancy and in her old age, and
enriched her soil with its blood.
You cannot exterminate
our race. The influence of Christianity, if not of
self-interest, will not permit it. Our race will not die
out; statistics afford no encouragement for that hope. The
ten thousand horrors of Slavery have tried it, and it
lifted up a smiling face amid it all. The Indian dies
under the flashing glance of the Anglo-Saxon, the Negro
mingles in his civilization and refinement. All things
bind the two races to America, and whether this inevitable
Union is to be a curse or a blessing depends upon the
-- D.H.G. (Horace Greeley)
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