Below are some examples of U.S. history beyond July 4th, 1776 gathered from the Zinn Education Project:
July 4th, 1827: New York abolishes slavery:
A gradual emancipation law started in 1799 ended on July 4th, 1827, when the last of enslaved persons were emancipated. Despite the abolition of slavery in New York, the state, like many others in the North, benefitted economically from the continuation of slavery in other states.
July 5th, 1852: Frederick Douglass delivers "The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro":
At an event commemorating the fourth of July in Rochester, New York, Frederick Douglass delivered a speech addressing the paradox of celebrating "independence" in the U.S., when not all were free.
July 4th, 1854: Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Rally:
William Lloyd Garrison, Henry David Thoreau, Sojourner Truth, and other abolitionists gathered for a rally sponsored by the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society.
Broadside from rally, via Zinn Educaiton Project.
When you hear "Independence Day" what do you think? How can we continually work as a country to bring liberty and justice for all Americans? Learn more about July 4th in United States history at the Zinn Education Project.