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[16] to favor the continuance for an hour of a system which is morally wrong. This novel “immediatism,” as it was dubbed, coupled with the intentional harshness of the editor's vocabulary, which was in striking contrast with his manner in private life-these two peculiarities of the Liberator made it a mighty force almost from the beginning. The slave-holders themselves did much to make the paper widely known, proving once again that nothing helps a cause so much as a strong opposition. Taunted with being “manstealers,” they were soon goaded into a fury. The legislature of Georgia offered a reward of five thousand dollars for Garrison's capture. Throughout the South demands were made that the State of Massachusetts should put a stop to the incendiary publication and arrest the editor with or without the law. The public officials of the slave states inaugurated a system of examining the mails and throwing out all pamphlets and circulars reflecting on slavery, and this plan was followed for many years in flagrant violation of the postal laws. The high-handed conduct of the South produced a double effect in the North. A large portion of the community was in favor of humbly submitting to all the claims made upon them, either from sympathy with slavery or from a craven desire for peace; but there were many who, while by no means

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