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Mob destroys the office of Abolitionist newspaper in Newport, Kentucky

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10/28/1859 to 10/29/1859
In reaction to the raid of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, a pro-slavery mob destroyed the offices of abolitionist William Shreve Bailey's newspaper, The New South, in Newport, Kentucky and wrecked the presses. The mob returned the next night to harass the Bailey family, including Bailey's daughters, who defended the press by throwing pots of paint on the mob.  After this mob action, Bailey received death threats but refused to leave the town and instead filed suit against the rioters. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
"Newspaper Office Mobbed at Newport," Wilmington (OH) Republican , November 4, 1859.
Frank Luther Mott, American Journalism: A History of Newspapers in the United States Through 250 Years, 1690-1940 (New York: Routledge, 2000), 307.

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