Sub-titled: ""Selections from William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator, 1831-1865."" Garrison founded The Liberator to promote the abolition of slavery and what went into the magazine prodded at the conscience of the country. It had a small circulation with a powerful and traceable influence. The contributors included Parkman, Douglass and Wendell Phillips as well as the strict Golden Ruler, Garrison. As the editor points out, it was an era of instant emotional eloquence and the power in some of these essays reverberates today. This is the real pull and value of this collection. So much of what Mr. Nelson has selected is pertinent to today's civil rights struggle; the Abolitionist leaders were as divided and agonized in spirit as the foremost civil rights leaders are about goals and means. An excellent digest source for students of the period with implications for today.