1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 19, 2018 6:46 AM by Research Services at the National Archives

    On July 5, 1852 Frederick Douglass at Rochester , NewYork gave a speech ." To the Slave what is the forth of July"


            " There are seventy -two crimes in the state of Virginia which, if committed by a black man ( no matter how ignorant he be) subject him to punishment of death; while only two of the same crimes will subject a white man to the like punishment.."    Which two crimes subject a white man to a punishment of death? What are the seventy crimes that subject a black man to the punishment of death?