On January 4, 1866, Frederick Douglass, a former slave and black orator, spoke at Brattleboro’s Town Hall. He was originally going to deliver his speech, entitled 'Equal Rights Under the Law', stressing voting rights for the black population. But because President Lincoln had recently been assasinated, Douglass delivered a different speech , "The Assissination and its Lessons". Both Brattleboro papers supported Douglass’ praise of President Lincoln, but sidestepped his criticism of Andrew Johnson.
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