William Lloyd Garrison: “The Triumph of Mobocracy in Boston”


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William Lloyd Garrison’s self-described roles were those of agitator, moral censor, prophet, and “universal reformer.” His gifts were his extraordinary skills as an editorial polemicist and his resolve to follow the implications of his religious illuminations wherever they might lead him. In an age of rapidly multiplying editorial voices, Garrison proved to be a master of making himself (as he put it in his First Liberator Editorial) “heard!” In the early 1830s abolitionists and...