William Lloyd Garrison
From Disunionist to Lincoln Emancipationist
It was the Emancipation Proclamation that solved the problem in regard to which Lincoln had said less than ten years before, [if all earthly power were given me, I should not know what to do]—the problem of the existing institution of slavery. The Emancipation Proclamation marked a convergence of views on the part of abolitionists and Republicans that culminated in an exuberant tribute by William Lloyd Garrison, the most famous abolitionist of all, to [that noble man, Abraham Lincoln,] offered in Charleston, South Carolina, on April 14, 1865, the very day Lincoln would be shot. [Of one thing I feel sure,] Garrison declared, [either he has become a Garrisonian Abolitionist or I have become a Lincoln Emancipationist, for I know that we blend together, like kindred drops, into one, and his brave heart beats for human freedom everywhere.] Lincoln himself is reported to have made the following reply, eight days earlier, to a comment about [the country's gratitude for his great deliverance of the slaves]: [I have been only an instrument. The logic and moral power of Garrison, and the anti-slavery people of the country and the army, have done all.] The abolitionist whose motto was [No Union with Slaveholders!] and the president who had written, [What I do about slavery, and the colored race, I do because I believe it helps to save the Union; and what I fore
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Publication information: Book title: Lincoln's Defense of Politics: The Public Man and His Opponents in the Crisis over Slavery. Contributors: Thomas E. Schneider - Author. Publisher: University of Missouri Press. Place of publication: Columbia, MO. Publication year: 2006. Page number: 105.
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