Having read Douglass’s speech, I believe he is pointing out the hypocrisy of America and Independence Day. He discusses how America celebrates the independence it gained from England yet continues to put down black people and take away the freedom of black people. According to Frederick Douglass, “Would you have me argue that man is entitled to liberty? That he is the rightful owner of his own body? You have already declared it”(Page 9). The quote shows Douglass questioning why he needs to convince people everyone is entitled to freedom if people already agree with the sentiment. This quote helps Douglass because he is able to point out how many Americans believe liberty should be someone’s right, yet continues to own slaves, which stands against such a belief. In his speech, Frederick Douglass also adds, “To [the black man], your celebration is a sham; your boasted liberty, an unholy license…”(Page 10). As we can see in this quote, Douglass is explaining how black people feel Independence Day is a sham since it celebrates freedom, yet not everyone is free. This quote helps Douglass with his argument because it allows Americans to see things through the perspective of the people they oppress and see how there is unequal treatment towards people.