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William Lloyd Garrison All throughout the 1800s Americans voiced their concerns and criticisms about the newly born nation While some voiced their opinions on causes such as womens rights and religion William Lloyd Garrison was the loudest voice for immediate emancipation and manumission on slaves Garrison was a stark abolitionist who believed that slavery was morally wrong and that he could convince others to his beliefs through moral suasion As well as being the most notorious exponent of immediate emancipation he also stood firmly against the idea of colonization of slaves in Africa Instead he believed that a slave was equal in all ways to a white man so that manumission was the only adequate way of abolishing slavery Though many others in America at the time did not think that manumission could be successful because it would most probably disrupt the economy and cause social problems throughout the nation Garrison was utterly convinced that manumission would be a success Garrison began his anti-slavery campaign in 1829 when he and Benjamin Lundy began to publish a monthly periodical called the Genius of Universal Emancipation in Baltimore However Lundy believed in gradual emancipation while Garrison believed in immediate so Garrison ended his business with Lundy At the same time a slave trader sued Garrison and not being able to pay his fine Garrison was jailed for a short time He then returned to his home state of Massachusetts where he partnered up with Isaac Knapp to create The Liberator the most influential newspaper on slavery in America He then helped organize both the New England Anti-Slavery Society in 1832 and the American Anti-Slavery Society in 1833 Along with being key roles in the organization of these two societies Garrison was also a key role in the demise of the Anti-Slavery Society He was unyielding in his beliefs he believed that the organization should not support any political party and that women should be allowed to
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