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Abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay Bowie Knife Vs. Revolver

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Join The Gist of Freedom Host Gary Jenkins and guest Historian Jeffrey Boord-Dill as they discuss Abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay, Bowie Knife Vs. Revolver

"I have never courted trouble with anyone, but I have never gone out of the way to avoid it. I have had a number of rencounters, and I have never been whipped in my life, except by my mother and by my elder brother."
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Cassius Clay also helped to found Berea College, one of the first colleges in the United States established for the purpose of educating an integrated student body. This activity drew more hatred and enmity from Kentucky's proslavery forces. When he graduated from Yale, Clay was selected to deliver the Washington Centennial Address. He made his first antislavery speech at that time. 
"It arose out of a Congressional contest," replied General Clay. I might interrupt him. He'd consent, and I would then say the hand-bill he had read was untrue. The pro-slavery men got tired of this, and they decided to kill me. 
They sent for Sam Brown, one of the most noted bullies of Kentucky. It is said that he had had forty fights, and had never lost a battle. Brown came, with  a police bully,  at which they loaded a pistol. I had not my dueling pistols with me. I interrupted Wickliffe, as usual, and as I did so Brown struck me with his umbrella, and told me that my statement was a damned lie.