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The letters and editorials of William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879) in this digital collection document his zealous commitment to abolish slavery and the legal and constitutional framework which protected it. His writings also document Garrison’s active involvement in a variety of other political and social causes, including opposition to the Mexican War and religious sectarianism and his strong support for women’s suffrage. Throughout his life Garrison maintained an active correspondence with family members, friends, colleagues and political acquaintances. He tirelessly sought to shape public opinion through writing articles and editorials for his newspaper, the Liberator, participating in public meetings, organizing petitions to the Massachusetts legislature, and building political alliances and raising funds internationally to end slavery and provide vocational opportunities for freed blacks. His prodigious correspondence and editorials reveal the convergence between ideas and action that shaped Garrison’s legacy as a key political activist and social reformer in nineteenth-century America.
Finding Aid to Eunice McIntosh Merrill Collection of William Lloyd Garrison Papers