He was the owner and editor of the True American, an antislavery newspaper published in Lexington, KY. Fee to move to Berea, KY and donated to Fee, money and a ten-acre tract in Madison County for the beginnings of a school that would become Berea College, the first interracial college in the South.
It was while he was at Yale that Clay heard the famous abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison speak. Afterwards Clay devoted a great portion of his life to speaking out against the "peculiar institution" and fought for the gradual emancipation of slaves, freeing the slaves that he legally owned in 1844.
Clay's opinions regarding slavery did not meet with much approval; however he did not let widespread opinion deter him.
A contemporary newspaper commented, "Never was a more striking scene witnessed on the way to Richmond, where the funeral services were to be held.
From every humble Negro cottage along the roadside and at every cross roads, the mothers and large children carrying those who were too little to walk, the Negroes were lined up to pay their last respects to the man whom they honored as the Abraham Lincoln of Kentucky."Because of his outspokenness against slavery in a pro-slavery area, his willingness to fight for those beliefs, and scandal within his own personal life, Clay had been one of the most controversial Kentuckians of his time; yet, his support of Lincoln and of the Union helped to preserve the United States. A unique set of Emancipation papers for a slave family freed by Cassius M. Three separate emancipation papers 8" X 10" all written on vellum.
Owned and operated an antislavery newspaper, The True American out of Lexington, KY from 1845 - 1846. Fee money and land to start Berea College, the first interracial college in the South. Organized a group of volunteers called the Clay Battalion which protected the White House in the outbreak of the Civil War, and briefly served as a Major General in that war.
Served honorably as a captain in the Kentucky Militia during the Mexican-American War. Served as Minister to Russia under Abraham Lincoln's administration, from 1861 - 1862 and again from 1863 - 1869.
These papers were found in the northeast together and undoubtedly were the actual papers carried by the freed Negroes and kept in the family. All three de-acidified and encapsulated, trifle pinholes as vellum usually sometimes have, light tone. The items shipped were household goods such as a keg of tallow, 8 gallons of "bear oil", 10 barrels of pork, French thread, white lead, Japanned tumblers, blue printed dishes, oakum, demijohns, nails, etc.
Vellum would hold up better than paper for such important papers that had to be carried on the person to prove his or her manumission when questioned. Extremely rare........................................., obverse with kneeling African-American woman in chains, inscribed "AM I NOT A WOMAN & A SISTER"; reverse with laurel wreath, inscribed "LIBERTY" and "1838" at center and "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" around perimeter. George Mather [1783 - 1837] married Marie Josephine Francoise Aurore Trudeau and owned numerous properties including Belle Alliance Plantation which burned in the 1920's not to be confused with another plantation with that name. The steamboat "Cotton Plant" burned at dockside in New Orleans, December 4th, 1832 with the loss of 1524 bales of cotton worth over 0,000. Well written, small loss of paper where sealed unaffecting any manuscript................., a large 17.5" X 25" photographic print taken as a studio portrait at the Tuskegee Institute on January 1st, 1925 where Carver was a professor of Botany.
View #66 of the series Charleston and vicinity, a party of Negroes both male and female working in a sweet potato field, yellow mount, light soiling at edge, photo fine, scarce...................., Stereo by Anthony, Black troops in the foreground, Rebel pickets in the woods, a Rebel fort in middle distance. Hiram Burnham, a native of Maine and a brigade commander in XVIII Corps, was killed in the assault, and the Union-held fort was renamed Fort Burnham in his honor. Stannard lost an arm while resisting Lee's assault.
Very fine, the scarcest of the Fort Burnham stereos............, Colonial, British. A pair of clasped hands with the inscription "May slavery & oppression cease throughout the world" appears on the reverse. Tokens of this pattern circulated in America and, with similar tokens of American origin, popularized and propagandized the abolitionist cause.
While serving as Ambassador to Russia, Clay was very influential in negotiating the United States' purchase of Alaska from Russia. Clay was once a member of the Whig Party, but later left and became an ardent supporter of the Republican Party, assisting in the establishment of that party.