Freedom of speech

Frederick Douglass Ambrotype, 1856

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The following quotation is from Freedom of Speech and the Press by Ian C. Friedman.

“In 1860, Frederick Douglass, a prominent speaker and writer and a former slave, addressed an audience in Boston a week after a mob in that city had disrupted a meeting held to discuss ways to end slavery in the South. With eloquent passion he stated: ‘Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist. That, of all rights, is the dread of tyrants. It is the right which they first of all strike down. They know its power.'”

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