The Weaknesss Of William Lloyd Garrison's Strengths?
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Both William Lloyd Garrison’s abolitionist speech (1854) and Thomas Dew’s document (1852) contain strengths and weaknesses in their arguments. Garrison was an abolitionist from Massachusetts who fought to end slavery and the oppressions that resulted from that institution. Garrison used the Declaration of Independence as a driving point for his argument that “all men are created equal” regardless of the color of their skin. On the other hand, Thomas Dew supported slavery, spoke freely about the morality of slaveholding, and believed that the institution should continue throughout the United States. Dew cited passages from the Old and New Testaments where slavery was used by figures such as Abraham and Isaac. Both Dew and Garrison were outspoken during this period in promoting their respective slavery and antislavery movements. However, for numerous reasons, most American during this time supported Dew’s pro-slavery sentiments. Thomas Dew’s 1852 document talks at length about how slavery should be legal and how slavery was not morally wrong. According to Dew, slavery was not a sin but an established social institution in which God chose to not intervene. Jesus did not speak against slavery, and Dew saw masters treat their slaves with kindness and fairness, traits to which the slaves responded with obedience. In fact, in Dew's view, the relationship between the slave and the master was similar to the relationship between a parent and a child.
Dew uses religion and