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"Harmless, beautiful, proper, and praiseworthy as this demonstration is, I cannot forget that no such demonstration would have been tolerated here twenty years ago." Douglass uses this statement, the second sentence in passage 2, to emphasize ____.

A the changes in attitude toward slavery in the previous twenty years

With this statement, Douglass reminds the crowd that, without the major attitude changes toward slavery that had occurred among the American people in the past twenty years, the ceremony would not be possible.