William Lloyd Garrison: First Liberator Editorial


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On January 1, 1831, a twenty-five-year-old editor named William Lloyd Garrison leaped to prominence as an advocate of immediate slave emancipation with the first publication of the Liberator. Garrison’s new weekly journal was only four pages in size and boasted few initial subscribers, but it sent shock waves through the nation by virtue of its relentless attacks upon slavery and its unwillingness to make peace with more moderate slavery opponents. In his First Liberator Editorial,...