RCC Honors History Project

Posted by rccaahistory on December 1, 2008

  1. andrewptscott Says:
    November 17, 2008 at 2:13 am e

    For Class Discussion
    District of Columbia/ Petition to congress

    In this document by William Lloyd Garrison there is a similar tone is used as in today’s liberation documents such as in the news, newspapers, magazines, television etc. This is the first excerpt I have read from articles in the Liberator. It is fascinating to read Garrison’s inspiring words. He writes with confidence and aggression in the movement towards the abolishment of slavery. As one of the first newspapers writing against the government and the laws, it provides insight to movements and protest of today.

    One thing that comes to mind when observing the writing of Garrison is the influence it has on today. Something of similarity easy to relate to is the recent proposition passed banning Gay marriage in California. Although it is not quite to the same extent of the abolition of slavery movement, protesters exercise the same right Garrison utilized in his abolitionist newspaper. In his published petition to Congress, he uses the language of the declaration to contradict the institution of slavery. Similarly, as in commercials, this same technique is used in order to obtain equality for all. The actual writing exhibits a strong passion of Garrison’s opposed point of view on slavery.


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  1. nrohr said

    William Lloyd Garrison has been one of my favorite people to read this semester. He speaks with such fervor and passion. Garrison believed that the United States should immediately free all slaves, which was a radical, uncompromising position in 1831, even in the North. He was an unabashed proponent of justice, however unpopular it might have been in a free country. I like this quote of his: “I am aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as truth, and as uncompromising as justice. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation.” Is there not cause for severity? That’s great. He brings up that same theme of slavery as a clear moral issue, not one we can go back and forth and equivocate on. He has a clear and unquestionable message of full freedom for the enslaved, and the social, moral, and political injustice of slavery. Garrison was fierce and persistent in denouncing slavery and promoting the rights of slaves. He believed in freedom and justice and liberty, and he believed that Americans had an obligation to honor its own high ideals. Who can argue with that?

  2. dselinger said

    I think you are making a good point with comparing Garrison’s paper and his aspirations to Prop 8. In order to reach a vast number of people with your stance on a certain topic, this was probably the best option he had back in the days and we have today. Unfortunately, also the opposition got more power and influence too regarding publications and influence, so I think Garrison had it a little bit easier than we have today. Nevertheless, it is important to make use of the right of freedom of speech and it is still one of the best methods to convey a message to the public. I found it kind of ironic that society has one the one hand changed (if we look at the recent election) but on the other hand it has still kept its stubbornness regarding other issues inside our society.

  3. blooney said

    I enjoy the writings of William Lloyd Garrison. He wasn’t politically correct; he did not offer excuses or tried to compromise his position. His writings are America at its best. His stance was not popular nor was it widely accepted but he still had freedom of speech and that gave him some power to make a change. As the old adage goes ‘a squeaky wheel receives the oil’. He persisted and was consistent and people were forced to listen. I believe too often we compromise on issues we become satisfied instead of believing whole heartedly in our cause and not settling for a gray area.

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