Chapter 6: the labor question
Garrison lived for thirteen years after the close of the war, and he continued to take an active interest in the freedmen, in woman's rights, in temperance, free trade and other reforms. He protested against the exclusion of the Chinese from America, believing that the yellow man is a brother as well as the black. “No suitable occasion for bearing peace and non-resistance testimonials was neglected” by him, as his biographers tell us. He opposed the introduction of military drill into the public schools, and his conversation so impressed a young Japanese student who was preparing himself in America for the army of his country that on his return home he refused to serve for consciencea sake, and was duly cast into prison. It is not without regret that we must
God speed the hour, the glorious hour,
When none on earth
Shall exercise a lordly power
Nor in a tyrant's presence cower,
But all to Manhood's stature tower
By equal birth!William Lloyd Garrison, The triumph of freedom.