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Ernest Crosby, Garrison the non-resistant, Chapter 1: the Liberator (search)
had already devoted thirteen years of his life to that object. Benjamin Lundy had given up a profitable business at a great sacrifice to editnd the latter was much impressed by the spirit of the missionary. Lundy tried to rouse the Boston clergy to an interest in his plans, and te subject. The project of a society had to be abandoned. But if Lundy had failed with the clergy, he had inspired one more powerful than He proceeded to Baltimore, and in September his name appears with Lundy's in the latter's paper. His experiences at Baltimore accentuated to appear on account of lack of support, and the partnership with Lundy was of necessity dissolved. As Garrison had no longer any reasonult for many years, in spite of the sincerity, ability and vigor of Lundy, for want of a definite programme, at once recognized the fact thateir true leader had appeared; and most of them flocked to his banner, although Lundy himself, who died in 1839, never became an immediatist.
Ernest Crosby, Garrison the non-resistant, Chapter 6: the labor question (search)
own hands. You express the conviction, he adds, that the present relation of capital to labor is hastening the nation to its ruin, and that if some remedy is not applied it is difficult to see how a bloody struggle is to be prevented! I entertain no such fears. Our danger lies in sensual indulgence, in a licentious perversion of liberty, in the prevalence of intemperance, and in whatever tends to the demoralization of the people. In the same strain might a Southern planter have answered Lundy in the twenties! Garrison was only a fallible mortal after all, but surely he had already deserved well enough of his kind for us to overlook the natural conservatism of his old age. It is not everyone that can preserve to the end the freshness and alertness of vision of his youth, a quality which distinguished Wendell Phillips from his colleagues and outweighed the trivial defects of his character. The workingman, it should be said in this connection, at one time at least had shown his
Ernest Crosby, Garrison the non-resistant, Chapter 12: practical lessons from Garrison's career (search)
e of value in forming a diagnosis of present conditions and seeking a remedy for existing ills. (i) And first of all, the Abolition movement was initiated by people of humble rank in society. Garrison began life as a cobbler's apprentice, and Lundy was a saddler. Even when the war broke out very few persons of prominence in society had taken their place among the Abolitionists, and those who did, such as Wendell Phillips and Edmund Quincy, were more or less ostracised and maligned. It wasted a hair's breadth one way or the other on account of any discrepancy between the exigencies of theory and those of practice. We have seen that there is sometimes such a discrepancy, but the greatest teachers have always risen above it. It was Lundy's attempt to postpone the immediate claims of emancipation which weakened his mission. (5) Garrison's message, though springing from a spirit of unusual gentleness, which condemned all recourse to physical force, was couched in the stern and i