Cassius Clay and Free Speech

June 29, 1860

Here is a story of Cassius Clay, winning “another victory for free speech, at Richmond, Ky”. The story indicates that he had publicly announced his intention to speak on the occasion of the opening of a new county court. When he spoke, he “took up the Republican platform and read it, making no allusion to the mob”, many of whom wanted to stop him. He invited people to say “yes” or “no” to the proposal that he be allowed to speak. The greater response is “yes”; he suggested that those who voted “no” might leave. “And they went out, completely foiled in their feeble attempt at assassination.”

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