What was The Liberator?

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Nov 18, 2017

The Liberator was an American newspaper that focused on the emancipation of slaves in the country and overall progression of the country.


The Liberator began in 1831 by William Lloyd Garrison and Isaac Knapp. Both of these men were white abolitionists. The newspaper continued publication until 1865.

This is what America (24 states) looked like around 1831 for context:

US Census

Most of the readers were African Americans (many in the north), but the newspaper was circulated nationwide, even in the south.

The newspaper mostly contained words of determination and hope for complete abolition of slaves. The authors peacefully protested slavery and wrote about how immoral slavery was in the "land of the free." They often quoted the Declaration of Independence to further underline their point that every man was equal.

Much like abolition movements, The Liberator also touched on women's rights. The newspaper vowed to protect women's rights and support them.