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The U.S. Constitution pursues “a more perfect union”.

On July 5, 1852, former slave Frederick Douglass spoke to an anti-slavery group in Rochester, New York.  “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?  I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all the other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.” 

Douglas’ point is well taken.  He wanted the freedoms known by white males to be extended to all.

Thankfully, Abraham Lincoln helped to break the chains of slavery in 1865. Let this serve as a reminder to us, that as wonderful as America is, we must continue to pursue a “more perfect union”.

(Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress)


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