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William Lloyd Garrison : Primary Source Analysis : Antislavery

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Sydney Bolyard
Dr. Friss
HIST 225
5 October 2017

Primary Source Analysis- Antislavery

One of William Lloyd Garrison’s speeches was spoken in 1854. Garrison was a man who was famous for favoring the abolition of slavery. He gave this address when he wanted to reach out to the people and sway them to end the cruel act of slaveholding. This was during the time when slavery was a huge part of the North and South since they claimed land on the Americas. Garrison did not specifically address anyone in the speech itself, but the general audience had to have been the people of the United States. His antislavery view was one felt strongly about and wanted to create a movement to abolish it. This source can be useful when teaching the history of slavery in the 1800’s. It shows the point of view of not the slave themselves, but movements that people against slavery were trying advocate.
A main point, and the topic of the whole speech, is that Garrison says that slavery is going against the Declaration of Independence. He states, “Convince me that one man may rightfully make another man his slave, and I will no longer subscribe to the declaration of Independence” [1]. The declaration rightfully says all men are equal and deserve their rights, including life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. If that was the case then why were slaves still treated like property or animals? Even people that merely owe their ‘owners’ labor because of the money they spent were treated horribly.
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