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taxi889 | Salutatorian

Posted November 25, 2012 at 5:30 PM via web

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How can we comment on "The Liberator, Inaugural Editorial" by William Lloyd Garrison,1 January 1831 in terms of its main idea?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 25, 2012 at 5:51 PM (Answer #1)

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The main idea of Garrison's inaugural editorial to his newspaper was the demand for abolitionism.  There is no hesitation or reticence in making this call for change.  This main idea is evident in Garrison's "I will be heard" and in the poem that ends the editorial.  Garrison believes that the most forceful declaration to the end of slavery with absolutely no equivocation in its intent should be the main idea of the Inaugural Editorial.  Garrison operates from a position that abolition is a human right that is guaranteed in the American political legacy.  Evident from the invoked phrasing in The Declaration of Independence, Garrison makes it clear that slavery needs to be abolished.  The closing to the editorial brings out another element of this main idea.  Garrison's poem that closes the editorial is one in which there is a spiritual call to abolition.  The "vow" that is taken is one in front of the divine.  This helps to enhance the main idea that slavery needs to be abolished.  In making this a conviction, the main idea of the editorial is one in which compromise can only be reached when slavery is eliminated.  This conviction enhances the main idea that justice cannot be envisioned unless slavery is abolished.

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