FiOS1 NewsFeb 14, 2018, 8:19 pmFeb 15, 2018, 2:39 pm

Black History Month: Remembering Frederick Douglass' speech at Cooper Union

Douglass delivered the speech one month after President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation

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On Feb. 6, 1863, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech entitled "The Proclamation and the Negro Army" at Cooper Union, in New York City.

The speech came just a month after President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation, freeing all slaves in Confederate states.

Douglass' speech was a strident condemnation of slavery, a reflection on the moral impact of emancipation on all Americans and a defense of Lincoln's plans to welcome former slaves into the Union army.

The speech was a highlight in Douglass' long career as a abolitionist, and he returned to Cooper Union in 1865 to eulogize Lincoln after his assassination.

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