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Lloyd Garrison was born in Newburyport, Massachusetts, on December
12, 1805. He apprenticed as a printer, and became editor of the Newburyport
Herald in 1824. Five years later Garrison criticized a merchant involved in
the slave trade, resulting in his imprisonment for libel. Upon his release he
established his own anti-slavery newspaper, The Liberator. The newspaper’s motto
was: “Our country is the world - our countrymen are mankind.” In The Liberator
Garrison not only attacked slaveholders but the “timidity, injustice and absurdity"
of those who wanted gradual emancipation. The strong opinions expressed in its
columns gained Mr. Garrison a national reputation as the leader of those favoring
immediate emancipation. After the passing of the 13th Amendment in 1865, Garrison
decided to cease publication of The Liberator. Garrison spent his last fourteen
years campaigning for women’s suffrage, pacifism and temperance. William Lloyd
Garrison died on May 24, 1879.