Unformatted text preview: Meanwhile, the cotton gin and westward expansion into the Mississippi delta region created an increasing demand for slaves. The abolitionist movement that emerged in the early 1830s was combative, uncompromising, and insistent upon an immediate end to slavery. This approach found a leader in William Lloyd Garrison, a young man from Massachusetts, who combined the heroism of a martyr with the crusading zeal of a demagogue. On January 1, 1831, Garrison produced the first issue of his newspaper, The Liberator , which bore the announcement: "I shall strenuously contend for the immediate enfranchisement of our slave population. . .. On this subject, I do not wish to think, or speak, or write, with moderation. . .. I am in earnest – I will not equivocate – I will not excuse – I will not retreat a single inch – AND I WILL BE HEARD."...
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