One recommended sample look is this manuscript broadside advertising a festival on July 5 of 1852, featuring a reading of the “Glorious Declaration of 1776” and a speech by Frederick Douglass. View digitized broadside with transcription. Douglass' oration praised the greatness and bravery of the founding fathers before eloquently illuminating the anniversary as a deceitful mockery in the face of American slavery. This speech, now better known as "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July," is widely considered to be one of the highest points of 19th-century American oratory.

“What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July? I answer: a day that reveals to him, more than all other days in the year, the gross injustice and cruelty to which he is the constant victim.”