“Frederick Douglass was a prophet,” says Shaun King. “Every single word of this is as true today as it was over 150 years ago. Read it all. The 4th of July was always been a sham. Always.” King has evidently not “read it all.”

Douglass, a man born into the battle against bondage, was right to feel indignant. Yet Douglass, like King, erred in assessing this nation. Douglass, being a far better man than King, came to see that. His animus gave way to a flourishing hope. Douglass realized that this nation was founded sincerely upon the promissory note that all men are created equal. At first denouncing the Declaration and the Constitution, Douglass came to revere the Constitution as “a glorious liberty document.”

Certainly, one can imagine King scratching his head: What does the Constitution have to do with the 4th of July? Only everything. “All this is not the result of accident,” wrote Abraham Lincoln, whose views of our nation were eventually shared by Douglass.

Without the Constitution, we could not have attained the Union, but, Lincoln wrote, there is something behind the Constitution, “entwining itself more closely about the human heart.”

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