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The First Issue of The Liberator (January 1, 1831)
By William Lloyd Garrison
(Americas most ardent anti-slavery agitator, 18051879. The following pronouncement marked the beginning of the anti-slavery campaign)
I AM aware that many object to the severity of my language; but is there not cause for severity? I will be as harsh as Truth, and as uncompromising as Justice. On this subject I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. No! No! Tell a man whose house is on fire to give a moderate alarm; tell him to moderately rescue his wife from the hands of the ravisher; tell the mother to gradually extricate her babe from the fire into which it has fallenbut urge me not to use moderation in a cause like the present. I am in earnestI will not equivocateI will not excuseI will not retreat a single inchand I will be heard. The apathy of the people is enough to make every statue leap from its pedestal and hasten the resurrection of the dead.