William Lloyd Garrison

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William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) was a white leader of the abolitionism movement in America. Based in Boston, he published the anti-slavery newspaper the Liberator. In 1833, he founded the American Anti-Slavery Society.

Garrison, who did not originally feel that Abraham Lincoln was sufficiently opposed to slavery, wrote in 1885-89:[1]

Wherever there is a human being, I see God-given rights inherent in that being, whatever may be the sex or complexion.

The former slave Frederick Douglass wrote in My Bondage and My Freedom (1855):

After reaching New Bedford, there came a young man to me with a copy of the Liberator...edited by William Lloyd Garrison... His paper took its place with me next to the Bible...It detested slavery...and, with all the solemnity of God's word, demanded the complete emancipation of my race... His words were... holy fire...The Bible was his text book... Prejudice against color was rebellion against God.

See also


  1. http://www.amerisearch.net/index.php?date=2004-05-24&view=View