William Lloyd Garrison

by Gabe Labadie

William Lloyd Garrison, creator of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator


     William Lloyd Garrison was born in Newport, Massachusetts on December 12th, 1805. His merchant father abandoned the family in 1808 when Garrison was only 3 years old, causing the family to go through financial issues. He grew up in a very religious atmosphere and this contributed to his moral beliefs. Years later after going through apprenticeships he started his own abolitionist newspaper called The Liberator in 1831. He was a very radical writer and did not like compromise. Garrison was very good friends with Frederick Douglas because of Frederick's oratory skills and ability to rouse crowds. Garrison denounced the Compromise of 1850, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and the Dred Scott Decision. He is remembered today as a leader of the abolitionist cause. He lived to see the Emancipation Proclamation go into effect, and see the 13th Amendment be proposed and ratified.

Who is William Lloyd Garrison? Garrison is a believer in equality and is determined to achieve equality for all people.

William Lloyd Garrison's powerful and inspirational words from the first issue of The Liberator

Connection to John Brown

Garrison supported the actions of John Brown after his raid on Harper's Ferry, even though it went against his peaceful ways. The raid inspired Garrison's campaign "No Union with Slaveholders" which he pursued for most of his life.

Key Points

    1. Created an abolitionist newspaper named The Liberator.

    2. Worked his whole life for the abolition of slavery.

    3. Supported fellow abolitionists such as Frederick Douglas and John Brown.

    4. Lived to see the Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th amendment, which makes           slavery illegal.

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