The Amistad Affair
1856 Kansas Meeting
The Yale class of 1832 included Henry Clay's nephew, Cassius Clay, who
would live to be 93. Unlike his uncle, he fought against slavery. Unlike
Charles Torrey, he used politics rather than
direct action. Living in Kentucky, great personal risk accompanied Clay's
[In 1845] he started
in Lexington The True American, a paper favoring gradual emancipation.
So violent were the threats against him that he fortified the office,
but during his illness the press was seized and sent out of the State
to Cincinnati. There he continued to print the paper every week, and
distributed it throughout Kentucky ... In 1853 he bought a large tract
of land in the Kentucky mountains with the intention of keeping it
forever free from slavery, and on this land was afterward established
Berea College. (141)
There is no building on
the Yale campus that honors Cassius Clay.
Numbers in parentheses refer
to notes. See the notes page.