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Cassius Clay speaks for more than three hours from the Capitol steps in Frankfort, Kentucky

Cassius Marcellus Clay, detail
01/10/1860
Defying the restraints of those who supported slavery in Kentucky , Cassius M.Clay had determined to defend those who opposed it in a public speech in the Capitol in Frankfort.  On the evening set, Clay found the doors of the hall closed against him but spoke for three hours to an immense crowd from the portico of the building.  He announced himself in favor of emancipation and defended the patriotism of Senator William Seward and others. (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
Cassius M. Clay, Speech of Cassius M. Clay, at Frankfort, Ky., from the Capitol steps, January 10, 1860 ... (Cincinnati, OH: np, 1860), 1.

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