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John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Preface for second edition: 1921 (search)
on and philosophy stand at his elbow. It is easy to explain why Garrison has never been adopted as a popular hero in America. He gave a pue branded on America's brow, seemed to survive in the very name of Garrison, and we would willingly have forgotten the man. After the Civil Waon and who have been mentally enfeebled by success. It is not for Garrison that I am concerned, but for a people that praises the prophets, b a real man when he appears, because he makes them uncomfortable. Garrison made his compatriots uncomfortable; even to read about him made t appeared in 1913, the average American seemed to hear the name of Garrison with distaste, and to regard a book about him as superfluous. Whinds, and a very learned gentleman, said to me, A book about William Lloyd Garrison? Heave a brick at him for me! --and the popular feeling inill be dissipated in the minds of our historians, and we shall see Garrison as one of our greatest heroes — a man born to a task as large as h
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 1: introduction (search)
ster, nor Clay, nor Benton, nor Calhoun,--who dance like shadows about his machine,--but William Lloyd Garrison becomes the central figure in American life. If one could see a mystical presentation of the epoch, one would see Garrison as a Titan, turning a giant grindstone or electrical power-wheel, from which radiated vibrations in larger and in ever larger, more communicative circles and spheca who was not a-tremble. We know, of course, that the source of these radiations was not in Garrison. They came from the infinite and passed out into the infinite. Had there been no Garrison thGarrison they would somehow have arrived and at some time would have prevailed. But historically speaking they did actually pass through Garrison: he vitalized and permanently changed this nation as much as one. But historically speaking they did actually pass through Garrison: he vitalized and permanently changed this nation as much as one man ever did the same for any nation in the history of the world.
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 2: the Background (search)
were beginning to heave and to swell — and at last, when Garrison speaks out, behold, he is in electrical communication witore one of our meetings, writes Henry I. Bowditch, one of Garrison's early recruits from the social world of Boston, a youngustrate the spiritual domination of evil at the time when Garrison began his crusade. The drawingrooms of our grandfathersn's voice was like. That is why they were so startled by Garrison. Even Channing, who was a true saint, and, when time wtion of the slavery question; by his studied avoidance of Garrison in social life; by his inability, even in the Essay on Slded Abolition as an enemy to be fought with all weapons. Garrison was once taken to hear Dr. Channing by an acquaintance of to others. On the Tuesday following this apparition of Garrison in the sacred pew, the future use of it was withdrawn by business; and the South kept its eyes open. A rumor that Garrison had been seen in a particular pew might make the pewowner
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 3: the figure (search)
a second contrast. The age was conciliatory: Garrison is aggressive. These two forms of the contrLord. Not Bunyan, not Luther is greater than Garrison on this side of his nature. He is not an intrson of education and refinement, was, during Garrison's babyhood, plunged into bitter destitution. style of the day. By the time he was twenty, Garrison was a thoroughgoing printer and journalist; arthern port in the coastwise slave trade: and Garrison constantly saw the slaves being shipped southort, Mass., and was thus a natural target for Garrison's invective. Garrison remained in jail sevensubterranean torrent. I have no doubt that Garrison and his mission were somehow fundamentally co is much more than Abolition: it is Courage. Garrison's tone here takes us back a generation to Jamucial a moment, as those gentlemen had done. Garrison's language is harsh; but he is almost the onlwrote the Rev. James C. White. I knew of his (Garrison's) self-denials. I knew he slept in the offi[41 more...]
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 4: pictures of the struggle (search)
vestigate the real functions of this society, Garrison, in 1831, obtained from its headquarters at Wo came into existence, as if by miracle, when Garrison stamped his foot in 1830. The founding of planning to form a Colonization Society, and Garrison's pamphlet being in the air, its arguments wetion. This propagative influence had been in Garrison's pamphlet. That pamphlet evoked, it eliciteis conversion: Presently the young man (Garrison) arose, modestly, but with an air of calm detnd keep more cool; why, you are all on fire. Garrison stopped, laid his hand on May's shoulder withstaken. May was not so political-minded as Garrison; he had not Garrison's strategic understandinGarrison's strategic understanding of the fight, nor Garrison's gift of becoming the central whirpool of idea and of persecution. Buarangues at our meetings, and still more by Mr. Garrison's Liberator. The Doctor dwelt upon these obnced him as an even more dangerous enemy than Garrison. If, at times, we feel dissatisfied with Cha[20 more...]
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 5: the crisis (search)
s between 1830 and 1840 that the real work of Garrison was done. At the beginning of that decade Ab thundering, scolding. The continuousness of Garrison is appalling, and fatigues even the retrospecthe fossilization of that wonderful epoch was Garrison's function. The crisis in the struggle camnce was so great. The South could not get at Garrison through sheriffs and jailers. Therefore it wled Boston mob (October 21, 1835), which led Garrison about with a rope round him-and might easily s, George Thompson and Arthur Tappan! writes Garrison to George Benson. Rewards for the seizure ofwd followed him. An assault, according to Garrison's account of the matter, was now made upon thyor thereupon devoted his energies to helping Garrison to make good his escape from the mob. Garriso friends and foes. On seeing me, continues Garrison, three or four of the rioters, uttering a yel epitome of the times. How much danger was Garrison in while being dragged and hustled through th[35 more...]
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 6: Retrospect and prospect. (search)
ia in 1830 offered a reward for the arrest of Garrison, till South Carolina seceded in 1860, the eduth knew that no form of compromise could bind Garrison. It felt this with the instinct of the hunte while engaged in perpetuating that control. Garrison or May could perceive this in 1828 by taking sad, perplexed men. The solution given by Garrison to the puzzle was that the law must give way,men are in a more rational state of mind than Garrison was. When in 1833 Samuel J. May begged Williaavery matter when presented in legal form. Mr. Garrison, in spite of his denunciation of the Union This editorial is entirely out of key with Mr. Garrison's fundamental beliefs, as we shall see lateting the Anti-slavery cause. As time went on Garrison kept confiding his new developments and changblem was constantly moving forward. Not only Garrison and Jay, but every soul who lived in America y it was that each error should be made; that Garrison should issue his inconsecutive fulminations o[8 more...]
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 7: the man of action (search)
are brought into absolute contact with all of Garrison's singularities. This biography is not a crinothing else could have reached. It affected Garrison himself as nothing else ever affected him: itllectual grasp was restricted and uncertain. Garrison was a man of the market-place. Language to hrobbery and oppression. This statement of Garrison's is, to my mind, the best thing ever said ablf-defense, which seems to him to be useful. Garrison had not the mental training to perceive this,ease instead of infinite heart's anguish, had Garrison but seen how to do it. In adopting a formal oty. Later on, and especially during the war, Garrison became reconciled to that law, which his own ing more, the more he becomes acquainted with Garrison's world. The following words about Henry Clathe time, his mannerisms become intensified. Garrison became a common scold — and yet not a common that hair-brained, reckless, violent fanatic, Garrison, will damage, if he does not shipwreck, any [56 more...]
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 8: the Rynders mob (search)
passion. There is a demonic element also in Garrison's courage. He displays, on this occasion, ateeting by violence. According to the Herald, Garrison boldly urges the utter overthrow of the churcches. (Cheers.) (Dr. Furness says that Mr. Garrison expressed no surprise at the interruption. s); no, friends. Voice — Yes it is. Mr. Garrison--Our friend says yes; my position is no. Iheir prayermeetings in honor of Christ? Mr. Garrison--Not a slaveholding or a slave-breeding Jes name of Zachary Taylor had scarcely passed Mr. Garrison's lips when Captain Rynders, with somethings] with the deepest emphasis: If he touches Mr. Garrison I'll kill him. But Mr. Garrison's composu presidency of the meeting. The close of Mr. Garrison's address, says Dr. Furness, brought down Rhand tied round with a dirty cotton cloth. Mr. Garrison recognized him as a former pressman in the and was made sport of by his own set, whom Mr. Garrison had to call to order. There were now loud [20 more...]<
John Jay Chapman, William Lloyd Garrison, Chapter 9: Garrison and Emerson. (search)
e men was a specialist of the extremest kind; Garrison, devoted to the visible and particular evils ore his face only by the aid of general laws; Garrison all heart, Emerson all head; Garrison determissolvents. With Emerson, this was idea; with Garrison, it was function. Garrison does, he knows notGarrison does, he knows not what — he talks foaming, he cannot fit two conceptions together; but he is generally, and on the whhe eternal, and his mind was a unity; whereas Garrison was a professional agitator and his mind was it, is due to his artistic instinct; just as Garrison's blatancy about his mission — the same missiery. But he looked out of his window and saw Garrison and the Abolitionists shouting in the streetse times in 1841, is in reality a lecture upon Garrison and Garrison's multitudinous causes. The ramerson. I believe that had it not been for Garrison and his crew, Mr. Emerson would have seen not, and while he was thinking a good deal about Garrison, and wondering what was the matter with Garri[24 more...]<
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