Slavery During The 19th Century

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During the 19th century, the cause for abolition was ubiquitous to William Lloyd Garrison. In a society built on the freedoms for the average man, Garrison was justifiably astonished, often angered, by the misrepresentation and condoned treatment of African Americans. Garrison was not alone in his astonishment, there were a myriad of abolitionists, commonly found in the northern states, which protested and discussed how to achieve abolition. Despite the evident similarity of interests, Garrison was the voice of his own method to achieve abolition, immediatism, in which he trusted to be the appropriate apparatus. As a child, Garrison and his family, deserted by his father, were uncontrollably underprivileged (4). Through these circumstances, he quickly learned what it meant to be an outcast. As he grew older, Garrison took on many apprenticeships. The most significant of his training, which established the foundation for his abolition passion, was coediting The Genius of Universal Emancipation (4). During his time as coeditor, Garrison gained personal insight to the atrocity of slavery through the free African Americans he lived with (4). In The Liberator’s first editorial, Garrison’s own paper inspired from his days as coeditor, he offers, “I shall strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave population.” (71). This powerful promise was followed after introducing a segment Garrison pulled from the Declaration of Independence which famously states

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