RCC Honors History Project

Posted by rccaahistory on December 8, 2008


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.


3 Responses to “”

  1. jabberwhacky said

    I agree, William Lloyd Garrison really does employ an interesting manner of writing. His method seems almost contradictory; he creates a fine between being eloquent and being aggressive, what he seems to always maintain, though, is being expressive. It is an interesting contrast in comparison to the other primary sources that we’ve read in the sense that Garrison’s language seems to of significantly evolved by 1831 when only short whiles ago, writing was less about clear expression rather than rephrasing a thought four different times only after stating something like, “I will keep this short.”

  2. nrohr said

    I like Garrison’s use of CAPITALS, italics, and exclamation marks!!!!! He’s like a nineteenth century blogger. Of course, he was very eloquent and intelligent, but his passion and fervor certainly comes through his words.

  3. kriemer said

    Capitals, exclamation marks, etc. are common ways to show enthusiasm and emotionm through writing, I think it’s fine that Garrison uses them. I also think that many people writing about things they feel passionate about write in this manner, protest signs/propaganda for or against prop 8 are/were meant to be noticed, what better way than capital letters, exclamation marks, even bright letters, etc. Also, I think many people would agree with you on a mild similarity between african-americans having absolutley no rights during slavery and homosexuals fighting for their rights today. 30 years ago men like Harvey Milk were fighting to allow homosexuals the right to live and have jobs without losing either of those based only on their sexual orientation. Today homosexuals fight for their rights to marry, as America is slowly becoming a more homosexual accepting society it makes me wonder if Americans will look back in another 100 years or so and see us as barbaric for the discriminatory laws we uphold today.

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