Very Good. Item #5136
Weekly newspaper founded by William Lloyd Garrison, also a co-founder of the American Anti-Slavery Society, and Isaac Knapp, a Boston printer. Published continuously from 1831–1865 with a circulation of 3000 copies comprised largely of free blacks, the paper focused more on moral rather than political persuasion against slavery, and inspired many other prominent abolitionists, including Frederick Douglass, who started his first paper The North Star a year after subscribing to The Liberator. Garrison was notoriously outspoken and controversial, once burning a copy of the Constitution as a pro-slavery document. In 1838 the paper also began advocating for women’s rights, with Garrison turning much of his attention to the suffrage movement later in life.
This issue includes an address by Thomas Clarkson to the General Anti-Slavery Convention in London, a repot from the National Convention of Colored Citizens in Buffalo, criticism of the Connecticut Courant’s endorsement of Henry Clay, articles on “Emancipation in the French Colonies” and “The Irish Repeal Movement,” and other miscellaneous articles, poems, and advertisements.
A few creases beyond the usual folds, with a number of small chips and tears along edges and one larger chip at top front just extending into masthead illustration. Paper a bit toned with a few smudges and scattered small punctures, likely from insect chewing, with some loss to text. The name “Isaac Post” in pen at top front, but we are unable to confirm whether this signature is in his hand. Post, along with his wife Amy, were radical Hicksite Quakers and spiritualists whose home was a stop on the Underground Railroad.