Chapter Summary Of William Lloyd Garrison And His Battle Against Slavery

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Chapter 8: “I Will Be Heard” follows William Lloyd Garrison and his battle against slavery. The chapter discusses Garrison’s past and how he became such an advocate for emancipation. William Lloyd Garrison was born on December 1805 in a small town called Newburyport, Massachusetts. As a child, Garrison had no direct knowledge of slavery as he was not really exposed to it, but what caused him to be the leader of a crusade against slavery? He was heavily influenced by his mother and a publisher of the Newburyport Herald. However, it was the Herald where Garrison obtained his first political views. Garrison was fascinated by the idea of the press, and he becomes an apprentice to the publisher at the Herald. Unfortunately, his journalistic career collapsed in 1828, and he then moved to Boston for a fresh start. In Boston, Garrison meets Benjamin Lundy, a publisher of the antislavery sheet who had traveled through slave states making claims of abolition. Although their affiliation did not last long, Lundy basically inspired Garrison to protest against slavery. In 1831, Garrison and his partner Isaac Knapp wrote an abolitionist newspaper called The Liberator. The Liberator was a continuous newspaper that fought against slavery, and it was in the first issue where Garrison wrote, “AND I WILL BE HEARD.” The Liberator sparked a small fire against slavery that continued to grow. Although opposition against slavery was still new to the U.S, Garrison forced a nation to confront slavery for the first time. The Liberator inspired some people to fight against slavery, and it even influenced future activists like Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. However, many people were outraged over The Liberator and disagreed with William Lloyd Garrison. The Liberator received a lot of backlash, and Garrison has unsurprisingly received numerous threats. A grand jury indicated Garrison for distributing incendiary literature and a five thousand dollar bounty was out for Garrison’s arrest. He was also abused and nearly lynched on the streets of Boston. However, Garrison was not frightened easily. He gathered a small group consisting of young men and women to defend his principles in his response. This small group then burned

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