“I will be Heard”
William Lloyd Garrison
Struggle against slavery
In the early years of William Lloyd Garrison, Garrison believed in a gradual emancipation.
In the later years, Garrison's views on slavery changed. He believed that there was only one true way
of abolishing slavery, and that the most powerful way was through moral persuasion. Although,
Garrison was willing to allow a standard for slaves which was different from his personal views in
using only moral persuasion. He believed that it was impossible to hold slaves to his standards of
persuasion. Garrison also believed that the oppressed may be justified in using force when necessary.
Garrison and his colleague Isaac Knapp, and several others had started to write a journal
called The Liberator. This journal struck at the very heart of slavery, bringing forth the evils of its
creation and denying our utmost principles of humanity. The Liberator also struck at the Declaration
of Independence declaring that all men are equal and by that very pen which the Declaration was
created sets forth hypocrisy in which knows no bounds through the depths of slavery itself. The
Church was also held accountable for its refusal to condemn slavery. This journal was a radical
viewpoint in the nineteenth century. Garrison's views were particularly unpopular in the South where
slaves were more abundant and was the essential element of the economy. Even in the North, with
New York being the largest holding slave state, had no intentions of a total emancipation. Americans
had no desire to live with people of African descent. Many white Americans believed that those of
African descent were unfit for full participation in the new republic. Within the different areas of the
North free blacks were withheld from entry into public places, churches, schools and warned those
free people of color that if they did not voluntarily leave that they...
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