The Life of William Lloyd Garrison

Take a look into the life of William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison's Life as an Activist

Willliam Lloyd Garrison was a anti-slavery activist. He stood up for what he thought was right and was not afraid to show it. He once publicly burned a copy of the Constitution to show that he thought it was pro-slavery. He was also arrested and spent 44 days in jail and was sued. This was his turning point, when he got out of jail he started his own newspaper called the Liberator. William Lloyd Garrison published his first paper on January 1, 1831. His newspaper was very popular in the northern states were about 75% of the readers were African-American. He was loved and hated by many people, most of the hatred coming from the southern states. In Boston, he was dragged through the streets and almost killed. In Georiga, he had a $4,000 bounty on him. William Lloyd Garrison was a pacifist and did not believe in violence, so he did not fight back.

Why William Lloyd Garrison Should Win the Nobel Piece Prize

William Lloyd Garrison was an influential anti-slavery activist. He once said in his newspaper “I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation.… I am in earnest—I will not equivocate—I will not excuse—I will not retreat a single inch—AND I WILL BE HEARD.” This shows that he would not be silent and would not back down. He also said in one of his newspapers “Nothing more than the peaceful abolition of slavery, by an appeal to the reason and conscience of the slaveholder." This also shows that he believed in peaceful protest and was against violence. When President Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, William Lloyd Garrison heavily supported it. Sadly, on May 24, 1879 William Lloyd Garrison died of kidney disease. I think such a influential, and wounderful activist should receive the honor of a Nobel Peace Prize.


- Ryan Loughney

William Lloyd Garrison Supporter

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