Mar 30, 2017 - Sale 2441

Sale 2441 - Lot 81

Price Realized: $ 6,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,500 - $ 5,000
A RARE SPEECH (SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) [DOUGLASS, FREDERICK. A Defense of the Negro Race, An Address Delivered at the Annual Meeting of the American Missionary Association. 8 pages, printed on smooth white paper stock [together with] a 3-1/2 x 5-1/2 inch card fund-raiser, explaining the speech, as very likely Douglass' last words before a large audience. Washington, 1895

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frederick douglass' last speech before an audience. Douglass gave this speech in October of 1894--he was dead four months later. As in many his late speeches before predominantly white audiences, Douglass iterates 'In answer to the question as to what shall be done with the Negro, I have sometimes replied 'Do nothing with him, give him fair play and let him alone.' But in reporting me, it has been found convenient and agreeable to place the emphasis of my speech on one part of my sentence. They willingly accepted my idea of letting the Negro alone, but not so my ideas of giving the Negro fair play.' a rare speech, only four copies located in american institutions: tuskegee, oberlin, mass. hist. soc., and rutherford b. hayes.