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Chapter 10: Garrison and the Civil war

And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.-I Kings XIX:XX, 12.

Garrison is not known as a non-resistant because the world was not ready for nonresistance, but it was ready for Abolition, and consequently upon his labors for Abolition his fame at present rests. But to the young agitator of the thirties one cause must have seemed as hopeless as the other-or rather they must both have seemed hopeless to those who lacked his faith. But he went on his way, full of hope, and sowed his seed faithfully, leaving the harvest to take care of itself. And he had the rare good fortune to reap one harvest, at any rate, during his lifetime. He might, like so many other good men, have passed his life in urging the highest ethics upon a generation too blind to see the

1 A portion of this chapter appeared originally in the North American Review, and is reprinted here by consent.

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