Courtesy of http://history120-tarabonneville.blogspot.com/2010/10/pre-civil-war-abolitionist-movement.html

This portrays the image of the The Liberator, a newspaper that was first published on January 1, 1831 by abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. This newspaper, the first of its kind in the U.S, worked to directly oppose the atrocities of slavery. It’s target audience were blacks who were free in the North and whites who may be sympathetic. The predominant purpose of the paper was to teach  its readers that the human right to freedom and liberty should be extended to all human beings and that the only way to bring about this social reform would be to completely abolish slavery.

 The main tactic that The Liberator utilized as agitation toward slavery was non-violence and moral suasion. One of the members was Frederick Douglass who also advocated non-violence and appeaedl to the moral conscience of his readers. Also, although we did not discuss him, poet Henry David Thoreau,born 1817-1862, was also a firm abolitionist and activist for civil liberty who believed the non-violent approach was most apt in denouncing slavery and inciting agitation and reform. Thoreau, like William Lloyd Harrison was an articulate lecturer of slavery and gave an abolitionist lecture on July 4, 1854 in Farmingham, Massachusetts called, Slavery in Massachusetts.  Here he enourages nonviolent protest and agitation against a prejudiced government who has  not fulfilled its duties to protect all the people of its nation.  He calls upon the residents of Concord who have been idle in their discussion and action towards antislavery. Moreover, this objects fits within this gallery because it is one of the earliest forms of anti slavery rhetoric during the 19th century.

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