William Lloyd Garrison, the Centennial Oration: Delivered by Reverdy C. Ransom in Faneuil Hall, Mass., U. S. A., Dec 11. 1905 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from William Lloyd Garrison, the Centennial Oration: Delivered by Reverdy C. Ransom in Faneuil Hall, Mass., U. S. A., Dec 11. 1905

William Lloyd Garrison was in earnest. He neither temporized nor com promised with the enemies of human freedom. He gave up all those comforts, honors and rewards which his unusual talents would easily have won for him, in behalf of the cause of freedom which he espoused. He stood for righteous ness with all the rugged strength of a prophet. Like some Elijah of the Gil ead Forests, he pled with this nation to turn away from the false gods it had enshrined upon the altars of human liberty. Like some John Baptist crying in the wilderness, he called upon this nation to repent of its sin of human slavery, and to bring forth the fruits of its repentance in immediate emancipa~ tion.

William Lloyd Garrison was born in Newburyport, Mass, Dec. 10, 12505 He came of very poor and obscure parentage. His father, who was a sea~ faring man, early abandoned the family for causes supposed to relate to his intemperance. The whole career of Garrison was a struggle against poverty. His educational advantages were limited. He became a printer's apprentice when quite a lad, which trade he learned. When he launched his paper, Thc Liberator, which was to deal such destructive blows to slavery, the type was set by his own hands. The motto of the Liberator was Our country is the world, our countrymen mankind.

Garrison did not worship the golden calf. His course could not be changed, nor his Opinions in?uenced by threats of violence or the bribe of gold. Money could not persuade him to open his mouth against the truth, or buy his silence from uncompromising denunciation of the wrong. He put manhood above money, humanity above race, the justice of God above the jus tices of the supreme court, and conscience above the constitution. Because. He took his stand upon New Testament righteousness as taught by Christ, he was regarded as a fanatic in a Christian land. When he declared that he determined at every hazard to lift up a' standard of emancipation in the eyes of the nation, within sight of bunker-hill and in the-birthplace of liberty, he,was regarded as a public enemy, in a nation conceived in liberty and dedi pated to freedom.

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Language - English

Author(s) - Reverdy Cassius Ransom


Published Date - August 23 2019

ISBN - 9780266676614

Dimesions - 22.9 x 15.2 x 0.4 cm

Page Count - 18

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