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William Lloyd Garrison

An ardent abolitionist and supporter of the women’s suffrage movement, William Lloyd Garrison is perhaps best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and as one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society.

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Man Cannot Hold Property in Man

by William Lloyd Garrison on Dec 13, 1833

William Lloyd Garrison argues that slavery was a direct violation of each person’s ownership of himself.

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Lions in New Hampshire

by Nathaniel Peabody Rogers June 4-Sept. 10, 1841

In a community-building activist junket, Rogers and William Lloyd Garrison hunt for honest souls in the forests and hills of New Hampshire.

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Garrison, William Lloyd (1805-1879)

by Jeffrey Rogers Hummel on Aug 15, 2008

William Lloyd Garrison, known as the editor of the anti-slavery newspaper Liberator, was an outspoken and radical leader for the abolitionist movement.

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The Radical Abolitionists, Part 2

by David S. D’Amato on Jan 7, 2014

D’Amato looks at the Garrisonians, the most diehard and arguably most consistently libertarian of the abolitionists.

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More on Garrison and the Civil War

by George H. Smith on Mar 23, 2018

Smith explains why Garrison, an avowed pacifist, supported the North during the Civil War.

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Abolitionism

by George H. Smith on Aug 15, 2008

Abolitionism was the 19th century anti-slavery movement promoting the equal civil and political rights for African Americans and complete rejection of slavery.

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Douglass, Frederick (1818-1895)

by Timothy Sandefur on Aug 15, 2008

Frederick Douglass was an abolitionist who fought for black liberty both before and after the Civil War.

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The Radical Abolitionists

by David S. D’Amato on Dec 2, 2013

The radical libertarian abolitionists thought it was senseless to attack slavery while defending the institutions that upheld it.

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Abolitionism and Self-Ownership

by George H. Smith on Jan 13, 2017

Smith discusses the crucial role played by the inalienable right of self-ownership in the abolitionist crusade to abolish slavery.

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Garrison on the Right of Secession

by George H. Smith on Mar 2, 2018

Smith discusses what Garrison meant by the “right of secession,” and how he reconciled his views with his condemnation of secession by the southern states.