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Fourth of July essay, 1837

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Fourth of July essay, 1837 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 5, 128-134.

"The Fourth of July," written by William Allen in 1837, is a celebration of history, humanity, and the future of the fledgling United States.

Allen has a clear respect for governance and the nation's existing institutions; however, he does not agree with slavery. At the close of his essay, Allen urges readers to consider those without freedom when celebrating theirs. He wrote, "While we shout the praises of liberty let us breathe forth a prayer for the enslaved."

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