Americans have widely varying interpretations of the Fourth of July. For some, it’s a day off from work. For others, it’s a sacred day, commemorating the American colonies declaration of independence from England. In one of his famous moments of oratory, former slave Frederick Douglass offered another take: "This Fourth of July is yours, not mine.” The July 5, 1852, speech was called "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro."
Guest: Takeaway Contributor Patrik Henry Bass talks about what he calls the “multiple meanings” of the Fourth. He is spending the holiday weekend in a city that embodies multiple meanings and differing relations to country like very few others: New Orleans, Louisiana.