The Liberator: The Story of William Lloyd Garrison

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William Lloyd Garrison didn't mind the threatening letters. In fact, he expected them. After all, he was the most famous-and outspoken-abolitionist in the United States. In 1831, when Garrison started his antislavery newspaper, most white Americans simply accepted slavery as a fact of life. Whether in the North or South, whites assumed that they would always be free and that blacks-at least of them-would always be slaves. So when Garrison called his fellow white Americans hypocrites and criminals for supporting ...

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William Lloyd Garrison didn't mind the threatening letters. In fact, he expected them. After all, he was the most famous-and outspoken-abolitionist in the United States. In 1831, when Garrison started his antislavery newspaper, most white Americans simply accepted slavery as a fact of life. Whether in the North or South, whites assumed that they would always be free and that blacks-at least of them-would always be slaves. So when Garrison called his fellow white Americans hypocrites and criminals for supporting slavery, he wasn't surprised that some people responded with angry letters.

Garrison spent his life fighting against slavery. His dedication made him an outcast in his own city, cost him close friendships, and left him struggling to earn enough to supports his family. But he never gave up, because he always believed that he was right. Before long, he was not alone in the struggle, as he inspired more and more Americans to join one of the greatest social movements in the nation's history.

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Gr 7–10—This informative biography deftly describes the man and the times in which he lived. Born in Massachusetts in 1805, Garrison overcame childhood poverty to find work in the newspaper business as a writer and editor. A staunch Federalist, he used his newspaper to promote his political beliefs and, after hearing Benjamin Lundy speak in 1828, devoted his life to the abolition of slavery. Garrison disagreed with Lundy's view of gradual emancipation and colonization and established The Liberator in 1831 to publish his views. He angered many people and his life was often threatened, but he remained committed to the cause. Esty places Garrison in context of the Mexican War, the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, the Dred Scott decision, and the beginnings of the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation. The author notes that Garrison's grandson, Oswald Garrison Villard, became one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Illustrated with full-color photographs and reproductions, the book contains extensive documentation and back matter.—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599351377
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Civil Rights Leaders Series
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,423,532
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Growing Up Fast 7

Chapter 2 From, Journalist to Abolitionist 19

Chapter 3 The Liberator 31

Chapter 4 Courtship and Courting Danger 43

Chapter 5 Dissension in the Ranks 55

Chapter 6 A Call for Disunion 67

Chapter 7 The Consequences of Compromise 81

Chapter 8 Lighting the Match 95

Chapter 9 War! 109

Chapter 10 Grandfather Garrison 125

Timeline 134

Sources 136

Bibliography 139

Web sites 140

Index 141

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