Who Wrote the Anti-Slavery Newspaper Called "The Liberator"?


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The abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison was the publisher and editor of the anti-slavery newspaper The Liberator. Published from 1831 to 1865, The Liberator initially had a circulation of 2,000 to 3,000.

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The Liberator called for immediate and complete emancipation for all slaves, a position that won Garrison the ire of Southern states. However, the small paper published items no one else would consider, such as the writings of Frederick Douglass. Though it ceased publication after the end of the Civil War, its influence did not end at that point. Garrison's son Wendell Phillips Garrison was the literary editor of The Nation, which picked up where The Liberator left off, and his publication of women's rights articles helped fan the flames of the women's suffrage movement.

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