As he formed his own political voice and ideologies, Frederick Douglass broke away from his abolitionist mentor, William Lloyd Garrison, to start the newspaper "The North Star" and give Black abolitionists a voice. This caused tension in their relationship, as Douglass started to emerge as a political leader in his own right. He used words as battle axes, which can be seen fully in one of his most famous speeches, "What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?". This module explores how Frederick Douglass is able to shape public opinion as a visionary newspaper editor. Students will analyze primary source images and documents, and consider discussion prompts for more dialogue and deeper reflection.