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In the preface for the first issue of The Liberator, published in 1831, Garrison asserts that slavery is a sin, and one that could only be remedied by immediate and total abolition, accompanied by enfranchisement (i.e. the right to vote) for freedmen. He claims that the gradual emancipation plans that have been laid out are "pernicious" and "recants" his former support for them. Essentially, he lays out his plan to be a gadfly, a constant voice in the ears of not so much slavery's supporters, but for those who are less than zealous about the issue:
I am in earnest -- I will not equivocate -- I will not excuse -- I will not retreat a single inch -- AND I WILL BE HEARD.
Garrison, in short, announces his plan to hold Americans responsible in print for the plague of slavery. This editorial, among the most famous polemics in the history of the abolition movement, encapsulates the approach of an absolutely uncompromising foe of slavery.
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