A short comic illustrating and celebrating the life of Frederick Douglass in an analogous and modern setting. The comic focuses on his enslavement from an early age, his education, his incredible escape, as well as his eventual remarkable success and the influence that had. Also will be discussed; however, is Douglass’ famous speech “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” in which he detailed his experiences with slavery and the hypocrisy of a day commemorating freedom from tyrants in a nation where a sharply increasing number of people must live their lives as slaves. Connections between the past and the present will be made, uncovering why he made his speech at that time as well as what we can still learn from its wisdom and utilize in the modern day, such as the reasons that it did persuade his white audience and the effects of oppression on an individual.
Max Miller is a first year student at Kent State Stark. He’s studying psychology, will likely minor in sociology and then attend graduate school at the Kent Campus. In his free time he loves films, reading and music.