William Lloyd Garrison's Abolition Of Slavery In The United States

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Introduction Slavery was the harsh reality for many native-Americans and Africans in the 16-1800’s throughout the world. A slave is ‘: someone who is legally owned by another person and is forced to work for that person without pay’ (Ref. 3), and they were the main support of America and much of Europe's wealth, industrial and economic growth. Slaves were kidnapped, traded and sold as part of an intercontinental business that contradicted every basic value towards life, equality and others (Ref.5). But only few saw this and they fought heart and soul to change the minds of the public, and one man who did this was William Lloyd Garrison, well known for his newspaper ‘The Liberator’ and his overall contribution towards the abolition of the Slave…show more content…
He later credited a book by Presbyterian Reverend John Rankin, called Letters On Slavery, for drawing him to the cause (Ref. 9). In 1930, Garrison joined the 'American Colonisation Society', hoping to contribute to the wellbeing and freedom to slaves. The society held the view that all Blacks should move to the west coast of Africa, although, he soon found out that their only aim was to make the business of slave trading easier, and to minimise the number of free slaves throughout the United States. After this realisation, he left the society in search of other opportunities. ‘The Liberator’ Recently after leaving the society, Garrison created his own paper, 'The Liberator' along with Isaac Knapp, which told stories of runaway slaves, and informed the public of the cruelty of slavery and was mainly responsible for the reputation of Garrison as an Abolitionist. Its motto read "Our country is the world - our countrymen are mankind" (Ref. 4). A poem published in its first issue, on Saturday Source 2: Vol. 1, Issue 1 of ‘The Liberator’ January 1, 1831, stated; published by Garrison and Knapp (Ref. 2) "My name is the 'LIBERATOR'! I propose To hurl shafts at freedom's deadliest…show more content…
2). ‘The Liberator’ helped inspire many people including, Abby Kelley Foster, a fellow abolitionist, to join the fight to end slavery. The newspaper was so successful that it published every week for almost 35 years, and only stopped after the 13th Amendment was established, at the end of the Civil War (Ref.
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