William Lloyd Garrison and the Fight Against Slavery: Selections from The Liberator / Edition 1

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William Lloyd Garrison and the Fight against Slavery: Selections from The Liberator provides a substantial and wide-ranging selection of writings from The Liberator, the antislavery newspaper founded in 1831 by the preeminent abolitionist of his day, William Lloyd Garrison. The 41 selections offer the opportunity to read and analyze, firsthand, a broad spectrum of Garrison's writings on issues related to slavery. An extensive introductory essay provides historical background on slavery and abolitionism in America as well as a compelling narrative of the events in Garrison's career. Also included are questions to consider when reading Garrison's writings; illustrations, including photographs of Garrison and other famous abolitionists; a chronology of Garrison's life; and a bibliography and index.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312103866
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's
  • Publication date: 11/15/1994
  • Series: Bedford Cultural Editions Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 959,365
  • Product dimensions: 5.66 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

William E. Cain is professor of English at Wellesley College. His scholarly work is concentrated on nineteenth- and twentieth-century America, with a special focus on the literature and history of the Civil War period. His publications include The Crisis in Criticism (1984) and F. O. Mathiessen and the Politics of Criticism (1988) in addition to numerous essays on English and American literature, American and African American history, critical theory, and literary criticism.

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Table of Contents

 "I Could Bring Them to Reason": Garrison in 1835 and 1863
 Beginning The Liberator
 From Colonization to "Immediate" Abolition
 Abolition, Politics, and Violent Means
 Slavery: The Historical Record
 Morality versus Politics: Strategies for Abolition
 Garrison's Punitive Style: The Language of Abolition
 Garrison, Douglass, and Racial Prejudice
 Endings: Garrison in 1865 and After
 1. Address to the American Colonization Society, July 4, 1829
  Garrison describes the dangers of slavery to the nation.
1831–1840. The First Decade of The Liberator: Arguments for Abolition

 2. "To the Public," January 1, 1831
  Editorial in the first issue of The Liberator
 3. "Working Men," January 1, 1831
  Editorial on working-class struggles.
 4. "Truisms," January 8, 1831
  Garrison mocks the key tenets of the proslavery argument.
 5. "Walker's Appeal," January 8, 1831
  Editorial on David Walker's pamphlet "Appeal to the Coloured Citizens of the World."
 6. "Removal to Texas," January 22, 1831
  Editorial on a colonization scheme.
 7. "We Present Our Patrons . . .," April 23, 1831
  A new masthead for The Liberator.
 8. "The Insurrection," September 3, 1831
  Editorial on the Nat Turner rebellion.
 9. "Guilt of New-England," January 7, 1832
  Garrison demands that the North recognize its culpability in allowing slavery to continue.
 10. On the Constitution and the Union, December 29, 1832
  An early critique of the Constitution and the Union.
 11. "Declaration of the National Anti-Slavery Convention," December 14, 1833
  A manifesto setting out the aims of the American Anti-Slavery Society.
 12. The Progress of Antislavery, January 23, 1836
  From a letter to Samuel J. May.
 13. "Rights of Woman," January 12, 1838
  Report on a Boston Lyceum debate over the equality of the sexes.
 14. "Declaration of Sentiments Adopted by the Peace Convention," September 28, 1838
  A description of the philosophy of non-resistance.
 15. "Abolition at the Ballot-Box," June 28, 1839
  Garrison urges that voters first undergo a moral transformation before using political means to end slavery.
1841–1850: "No Union with Slaveholders!"

 16. On Frederick Douglass, July 1, 1842
  Garrison's impressions of the former slave's speech in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
 17. "Address to the Slaves of the United States," June 2, 1843
  A pledge of the abolitionists' dedication to antislavery.
 18. "The American Union," January 10, 1845
  Garrison advocates "disunion."
 19. "American Colorphobia," June 11, 1847
  Garrison responds to a racist article.
 20. Mob Attack on Douglass, August 20, 1847
  Description of the hostility Frederick Douglass encountered on a speaking tour in Pennsylvania.
 21. The Death of President Polk, June 22, 1849
 22. John C. Calhoun, Daniel Webster, and the Compromise of 1850, March 15, 1850
  An attack on two senators.
1851–1860. Decade of Crisis: The Coming of the Civil War

 23. Review of Harriet Beecher Stowe's Novel, Uncle Tom's Cabin, March 26, 1852
 24. Women's Rights, October 28, 1853
  Resolutions introduced by Garrison at the Fourth Annual National Women's Rights Convention.
 25. Uncle Tom's Cabin Reconsidered, December 23, 1853
  An open letter to Harriet Beecher Stowe.
 26. The Bible and Women's Rights, January 12, 1855
  Remarks by Garrison at the Fifth Annual National Women's Rights Convention.
 27. Disunion, June 15, 1855
  Garrison explains how "disunion" should take place.
 28. "The 'Infidelity' of Abolitionism," December 21, 1855
  Editorial on the strong opposition to abolitionism from church and state.
 29. "Southern Degradation," September 19, 1856
  Garrison describes how the institution of slavery has corrupted the morality of the white population that supports it.
 30. Dred Scott and Disunion, March 12, 1858
  Garrison condems the Dred Scott decision.
 31. "Depravity of the American Press," September 17, 1858
  Editorial criticizing newspaper coverage of abolitionist activities.
 32. "The Tragedy of Harper's Ferry," October 28, 1859
  Editorial on John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry.
 33. John Brown and the Principle of Nonresistance, December 16, 1859
  Garrison ponders the meaning of violent and nonviolent resistance.
 34. Antislavery Progress, November 9, 1860
  Letter celebrating the rise of antislavery sentiment in the North.
 35. "Southern Desperation," November 16, 1860
  The South's consternation over the election of President Abraham Lincoln.
1861–1865: The Final Phase of The Liberator: Garrison and Lincoln

 36. "The War—Its Cause and Cure," May 3, 1861
  Garrison insists that the true purpose of the Civil War is to end slavery.
 37. "Why a Prolonged War," January 30, 1863
  Garrison argues that emancipation and the enlistment of black troops will hasten the end of the Civil War.
 38. Defense of Lincoln, May 20, 1864
  Praise for President Lincoln's conduct on behalf of antislavery.
 39. "The Late Presidential Struggle," November 18, 1864
  Garrison rejoices over Lincoln's reelection.
 40. The Death of Slavery, February 10, 1865
  From an address by Garrison celebrating the Thirteenth Amendment.
 41. "Valedictory: The Last Number of The Liberator," December 29, 1865
  Garrison says farewell to his readers.

A Garrison Chronology (1805-1879)
Questions for Consideration
Selected Bibliography

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