Is America Really Rotten to the Core?

Over 80 years after the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, the 1860 census documented  3,953,762 slaves within the boundaries of the United States of America – forcibly removed from many parts of Africa

Eight years before that census, Frederick Douglass was invited to speak at an event in Rochester, New York commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Having escaped slavery in 1838 at age 21, and in view of the continued, horrific bondage of his people, his words that day were fittingly stark and poignant, “Are the great principles of political freedom and of natural justice, embodied in that Declaration of Independence, extended to us?”

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