Historians have noted the importance of the speech and while the abolitionist movement supported Douglass and his aims, they were not a movement known for politically-charged statements. The lengthy speech was made into a booklet, and has become a required read in many literature classes.
In recent times, popular figures have done readings of the speech. James Earl Jones, Danny Glover, Morgan Freeman and countless stage actors have done renditions.
Little Known Black History Fact: Frederick Douglass’ 4th of July Speech was originally published on blackamericaweb.com