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Readings Online: Declaration of Independence & Frederick Douglass’s 1852 Oration

For several years, the Beinecke Library has marked the Independence Day holiday with a public reading in early July of the United States Declaration of Independence and the oration by Frederick Douglass given on July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, in which Douglass asked: “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?”
This year, when public health requires avoidance of such indoor gatherings, the library is offering these readings online. We look forward to resuming this tradition on-site in 2021.

Mondays at Beinecke Gallery Talk & Tea

A weekly series of insightful, engaging, informal talks on materials from the Beinecke Library’s collections and exhibitions, followed by tea on the mezzanine. NOTE: no talks during Yale spring recess on March 9 or March 16.
Spring semester 2020 talks in conjunction with exhibition “Subscribed: The Manuscript in Britain, 1500-1800” (More information: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/subscribed)
The schedule of talks for this semester includes:

Mondays at Beinecke Gallery Talk & Tea

A weekly series of insightful, engaging, informal talks on materials from the Beinecke Library’s collections and exhibitions, followed by tea on the mezzanine. NOTE: no talks during Yale spring recess on March 9 or March 16.
Spring semester 2020 talks in conjunction with exhibition “Subscribed: The Manuscript in Britain, 1500-1800” (More information: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/subscribed)
The schedule of talks for this semester includes:

Mondays at Beinecke Gallery Talk & Tea

A weekly series of insightful, engaging, informal talks on materials from the Beinecke Library’s collections and exhibitions, followed by tea on the mezzanine. NOTE: no talks during Yale spring recess on March 9 or March 16. Spring semester 2020 talks in conjunction with exhibition “Subscribed: The Manuscript in Britain, 1500-1800” (More information: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/subscribed)
The schedule of talks for this semester includes:

Mondays at Beinecke Gallery Talk & Tea

A weekly series of insightful, engaging, informal talks on materials from the Beinecke Library’s collections and exhibitions, followed by tea on the mezzanine. NOTE: no talks during Yale spring recess on March 9 or March 16. Spring semester 2020 talks in conjunction with exhibition “Subscribed: The Manuscript in Britain, 1500-1800” (More information: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/subscribed)
The schedule of talks for this semester includes:

Mondays at Beinecke Gallery Talk & Tea

A weekly series of insightful, engaging, informal talks on materials from the Beinecke Library’s collections and exhibitions, followed by tea on the mezzanine. NOTE: no talks during Yale spring recess on March 9 or March 16.
Spring semester 2020 talks in conjunction with exhibition “Subscribed: The Manuscript in Britain, 1500-1800” (More information: https://beinecke.library.yale.edu/subscribed)
January 27: “What is our Life?: The Music of Melancholy in Early Modern England”

Public reading of the Declaration of Independence and the 1852 Fourth of July oration by Frederick Douglass

Stay tuned for details for a virtual program and online reading.
To read the full text of the Declaration of Independence, please see the website of the National Archives: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript
To read the full text of Douglass’ 1852 oration, please see the website of the University of Rochester Frederick Douglass Project: https://rbscp.lib.rochester.edu/2945

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