The Letters of William Lloyd Garrison: From disunionism to the brink of war, 1850-1860

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Harvard University Press, Jan 1, 1976 - Biography & Autobiography - 776 pages
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The fiery editor of the Liberator helped shape the destiny of a divided nation rapidly moving toward war. His letters ring with denunciations of the Compromise of 1850 and the barbarous Fugitive Slave Act, a federal bill that not only sent runaway slaves hack to angry masters but threatened the liberty of all free blacks, Despite such provocation, Garrison was a proponent of nonresistance during this period, though he continued to advocate the emancipation of slaves.

Garrison's writings also reflect the interests of his times. He engaged in lively correspondence with fellow countrymen Harriet Beecher Stowe, Wendell Phillips, Susan B. Anthony, Theodore Parker, and Stephen S. Foster. In a long letter to Louis Kossuth, he challenges that Hungarian patriot's stand of opposing tyranny in Europe while ignoring slavery in America.

Set against a background of wide-ranging travels throughout the western United States and of family affairs back home in Boston, Garrison's letters of this decade make a distinctive contribution to antebellum life and thought.

  

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Contents

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1
To Samuel J May January 13 1850
12
To the Editor of the Boston Transcript May 17 1850
16
To Sydney Howard Gay June 21 1850
28
To Sydney Howard Gay July 2 1850
33
To James Brown Syme August 9 1850
34
To Samuel May Jr September 6 1850
38
To Samuel J May October 7 1850
40
the North July 8 1857
455
To Elizabeth Buffum Chace July 13 1857
458
To an Unknown Correspondent July 20 1857
459
To Wendell Phillips Garrison July 23 1857
462
To E F Burnham August 5 1857
463
To Francis Jackson Garrison August 8 1857
464
To the Editor of the Boston Transcript
465
August 13 1857
469

To the Editor of the Times November 1 1850
43
To Francis Jackson December 31 1850
45
To Drs William Clark and Porter January 23 1851
47
To George Thompson Garrison February 18 1851
49
To Whom It May Concern March 4 1851
51
To Abby Kelley Foster March 25 1851
55
To George Thompson Garrison June 10 1851
61
To Samuel May Jr July 16 1851
66
To Abby Kelley Foster August 12 1851
67
To an Unnamed Correspondent August 23 1851
71
September 19 1851
73
To Sydney Howard Gay September 27 1851
85
To Adeline Roberts September 27 1851
86
1852
94
To Caroline C Thayer January 5 1852
97
To Benjamin Fish February 20 1852
199
To Samuel J May March 23 1852
201
To J Miller McKim July 18 1852
202
To Samuel May Jr July 19 1852
208
To Samuel May Jr August 27 1852
213
To Samuel J May September 16 1852
220
To D P Harmon October 16 1852
221
1853
224
To Lydia Maria Child January 20 1853
226
To Thomas Wentworth Higginson February 1 1853
227
To J Miller McKim March 19 1853
229
To Helen E Garrison April 18 1853
231
To Joseph A Dugdale May 19 1853
235
To Friends of the American AntiSlavery Society
238
May 30 1853
241
To Wendell Phillips June 25 1853
245
To the Abolitionists of the United States
246
August 29 1853
255
To Samuel J May September 23 1853
257
To Helen E Garrison September 5 1853
272
To Helen E Garrison October 8 1853
277
To Samuel J May November 22 1853
278
To Francis Jackson November 27 1853
279
To Harriet Beecher Stowe November 30 1853
280
1854
289
To Henry Wigham Jr January 1 1854
290
To Caroline C Thayer January 13 1854
291
To Helen E Garrison February 16 1854
294
To Charlotte Newell April 7 1854
296
To Sydney Howard Gay April 21 1854
297
To Robert Purvis April 21 1854
299
To an Unknown Correspondent April 21 1854
300
To Charles Sumner June 27 1854
302
To Caroline C Thayer August 6 1854
303
To Charlotte Newell August 19 1854
306
To Samuel J May September 1 1854
317
To Thomas Davis October 6 1854
319
To Francis Jackson October 9 1854
325
1855
327
To Edwin Barrows January 1 1855
328
To Oliver Johnson February 23 1855
329
To J M W Yerrinton March 22 1855
333
To Joshua B Smith March 23 1855
334
To James N Buffum May 18 1855
335
To Helen E Garrison June 15 1855
336
To William Lloyd Garrison Jr July 27 1858
339
To William Lloyd Garrison Jr June 19 1855
341
To Ellis Gray Loring August 13 1855
344
To E A Webb September 25 1855
346
To Francis Jackson October 11 1855
350
To Anne W Weston November 3 1855
355
To Dr Samuel G Howe and Others Committee
359
November 12 1855
361
To Maria W Chapman November 24 1855
371
To Samuel Aaron December 7 1855
374
1856
375
To Graceanna Lewis January 4 1856
376
To Samuel J May January 27 1856
383
March 18 1856
385
To Samuel Aaron March 21 1856
388
To Samuel J May March 21 1856
392
To William Lloyd Garrison Jr June 1856
395
To Theodore Parker July 2 1856
397
To Ann R Bramhall August 8 1856
400
To Theodore Parker September 5 1856
403
To an Unknown Correspondent October 11 1856
412
To Elizabeth Buffum Chace November 7 1856
413
To Helen E Garrison December 17 1856
415
1857
419
To Theodore Tilton January 17 1857
420
To Lydia Maria Child February 6 1857
421
To Helen E Garrison February 8 1857
430
To John Hurt February 26 1857
444
To Several Friends June 18 1857
445
To Susan B Anthony June 19 1857
448
To M J Sheehy JuneJuly 1857
451
To the Antislavery Men and Women
454
To Francis Jackson Garrison August 13 1857
474
To Fanny Garrison August 19 1857
476
To J M Hawks August 20 1857
477
September 8 1857
479
To Samuel May Jr September 10 1857
484
To John Needles September 22 1857
485
To Wendell Phillips Garrison October 2 1857
486
To William Lloyd Garrison Jr October 2 1857
487
To Theodore Parker October 3 1857
488
To Wendell Phillips October 18 1857
491
October 20 1857
493
To a Friend in New Bedford November 1 1857
498
To Theodore Parker November 8 1857
499
To Samuel May Jr September 17 1853
500
1858
501
To William Lloyd Garrison Jr January 7 1858
502
To Samuel J May January 8 1858
505
To Nathan R Johnston January 25 1858
507
To an Unknown Correspondent February 6 1858
510
To Susan B Anthony February 9 1858
512
To Samuel J May March 6 1858
516
To Susan B Anthony April 14 1858
518
To Adeline Roberts April 14 1858
521
To Oliver Johnson May 1 1858
530
To Francis Jackson May 25 1858
532
To the Sixth Yearly Meeting of Progressive Friends May 28 1858
533
To Theodore Parker June 3 1858
535
To Samuel May Jr July 20 1858
539
To Samuel May Jr August 11 1858
543
To Wendell Phillips Garrison August 20 1858
547
To Stephen S and Abby K Foster September 7 1858
551
To J Miller McKim September 11 1858
554
To Helen E Garrison October 6 1858
556
To Samuel J May October 9 1858
559
To Helen E Garrison October 13 1858
563
To William Lloyd Garrison Jr October 15 1858
565
To The Liberator October 15 1858
576
To Oliver Johnson October 26 1858
590
To William Lloyd Garrison Jr October 28 1858
591
To Helen E Garrison October 28 1858
595
To Theodore Bourne November 18 1858
597
To Oliver Johnson November 18 1858
600
To William Lloyd Garrison Jr December 31 1858
601
1859
603
To Francis Jackson January 2 1859
604
To Elias Richards January 11 1859
606
To Theodore Parker January 15 1859
609
To Several American Friends of George Thompson
610
February 15 1859
611
To Maria W Chapman February 18 1859
612
To Susan B Anthony February 21 1859
613
To James Freeman Clarke March 5 1859
614
To John W Hutchinson March 15 1859
616
To Oliver Johnson April 16 1859
621
To James Monroe April 22 1859
622
To Helen E Garrison May 12 1859
623
To C F Geist May 23 1859
627
To G Lyman Dwight June 12 1859
631
To Mr and Mrs John Jay June 21 1859
632
To Henry C Wright June 27 1859
634
To Aaron Cooley July 12 1859
637
To Wendell Phillips Garrison July 18 1859
638
To Abby Kelley Foster July 22 1859
642
To Wendell Phillips Garrison August 23 1859
647
To Abby Kelley Foster September 8 1859
649
To Samuel J May September 19 1859
656
To Elizabeth Buffum Chace October 17 1859
657
To Henry C Wright October 19 1859
659
To Oliver Johnson November 1 1859
660
To William H Furness December 17 1859
663
To an Unknown Correspondent December 18 1859
664
1860
666
To Elizabeth Pease Nichol February 22 1860
668
To Wendell Phillips Garrison March 21 1860
671
To Thomas Wentworth Higginson April 6 1860
672
To Henry I Bowditch June 18 1860
674
To Charles Sumner July 16 1860
676
To Ezra Hervey Heywood July 30 1860
677
To George W Stacy July 31 1860
679
To William Lloyd Garrison Jr August 1 1860
683
To Oliver Johnson August 9 1860
685
To Wendell Phillips Garrison August 9 1860
687
To J Miller McKim September 1 1860
691
To the Publishers of the World September 18 1860
692
To Samuel J May September 28 1860
693
To Nathan R Johnston October 15 1860
696
To J Miller McKim October 21 1860
699
To James Redpath December 1 1860
702
Index of Recipients
707
Index
709
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Louis Ruchames was Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

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