Talk:William Lloyd Garrison

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Botched Formatting[edit]

Whoever did this revision -- "21:12, 6 February 2007 70.248.28.252 (Talk) (I added more important stuff and erased nonimportant things.)" -- really botched up the article formatting. With it, all headings and the picture are gone. Someone (with more skill than me) should revert to the earlier formatting, but maybe keep the added content if its worth it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 72.147.120.143 (talk) 13:25, 7 February 2007 (UTC).

Never mind, looks like I was just seeing an old version.

jessica was here!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by 165.138.254.1 (talk) 14:03, 5 October 2007 (UTC)

Date of return to New England[edit]

In the section on The Liberator, it says that

"In 1831, Garrison returned to New England and founded a weekly anti-slavery newspaper of his own, The Liberator."

Now, if the paper was first published on January 1, 1831, isn't it likely that Garrison returned before that date, in 1830? --Sturm 16:56, 24 February 2008 (UTC)

Birthdate[edit]

It's kind of a joke that such a detail is in dispute, but the date given on the page (12 Dec.) was disputed even by Garrison himself. I'm not sure which is more reliable, but the 10th is supported by the family Bible, while the 12th is supported by town records. 64.9.61.65 (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 06:50, 29 February 2008 (UTC)

Changes occur regularly to this birthdate. "Find a Grave" cite lists the 12th while the article has consistently listed the 13th for the last few months. This biography link shows the 10th of December[1]. The comment above suggests we may lack a truly definate source. Should we place a question mark around the date? WBardwin (talk) 23:50, 27 March 2010 (UTC)

Persistent petty vandalism from IPs[edit]

Is it possible to lock a page against modification by unregistered users? For some reason this page attracts more than its share of this. I suspect kids learn about him in school and come here to "tag" the page. I'll ask for such a lock if no registered users object here. Jeh (talk) 06:40, 9 April 2008 (UTC)

It's called "Semi-protection", and the official way to request it is at WP:RFP -- but my personal experience has been that it's completely and utterly useless to request anything there, unless you can manage to make your request right in the middle of an ongoing large-scale megavandalsim attack... AnonMoos (talk) 15:44, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Perceived negative characteristics[edit]

Garrison was an early and active supporter of many positive causes (abolition of slavery, rights for women, etc.), but it would only be fair to mention some of his characteristics which were not viewed positively (even by many who shared these overall basic goals) -- such as his complete refusal to constructively engage in any form of practical politics whatever, if this would compromise the abstract metaphysical purity of his ideology by one iota. So he stubbornly opposed the election of Lincoln in 1860, even though Lincoln was the best that abolitionists could realistically hope to get in the political situation of 1860, and electing Douglas or Breckinridge would certainly have done absolutely nothing whatsoever to free one single slave (and would have probably resulted in the appointment of additional Taney-style judges to the Supreme Court). He also made various foolish-sounding statements in support of secession (whether northern secession from the south or southern secession from the north), even though that also would have done nothing to free any slaves (except possibly a few in a fairly narrow zone near the new border between the countries). AnonMoos (talk) 15:44, 3 December 2008 (UTC)

Garrison's Significance to Racial Equality[edit]

I'm a newbie; please read these comments accordingly.

In my opinion, the article as it stands (2/14/2010) doesn't adequately reflect Garrison's importance. Others had criticized slavery before him, but no white American had previously and loudly advocated that after slavery ended, blacks should be fully equal to whites in social and political status. Garrison was doing this as early as the 1830's, when (for example) he and his friends integrated a new railroad in or near Boston. As such, his significance to American history is profound.

I suppose some eminent historian has written some words that the article could quote as to Garrison's significance. However, I don't have a suitable quote to recommend. My view is influenced by Henry Mayer's "All On Fire", but I don't have a copy at hand. Oaklandguy (talk) 08:26, 15 February 2010 (UTC)

Voluntaryist?[edit]

The into paragraph says he was a voluntaryist and a supporter of women's suffrage. Voluntaryists reject electoral politics and therefore would not support women's (or anyones) suffrage. The "voluntaryist" description should be removed. Byates5637 (talk) 16:58, 6 June 2010 (UTC)

Since this statement is not sourced and no one has responded I am removing it per WP:NOR Byates5637 (talk) 03:26, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Date of Birth[edit]

(Transfered from User talk:JayJasper)

I reverted your edit here because this ref given in the article says December 10. Is there some other conflicting ref your looking at? Richard-of-Earth (talk) 18:50, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

I was going by this, but I consider your source to be more reliable, so I have correct the date in the Early life section per your citation as well.--JayJasper (talk) 18:53, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
OK, so I decided to look in to this further and found this. Not only does it list the date of his birth as the 12th instead of the 10th, but the year as 1804 not 1805! Isn't that annoying. The year on his gravestone says 1805 from the ref you gave. I propose we leave the date the 10th and the year 1805 and put a copy of this conversation on the talk page. Richard-of-Earth (talk) 22:04, 3 December 2012 (UTC)
I support your proposal. Given the discrepancies among the various sources, it should probably be discussed further on the talk page.--JayJasper (talk) 17:15, 4 December 2012 (UTC)