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Benjamin Lundy

Ohio

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Benjamin Lundy was perhaps the greatest of the early abolitionists.

In 1815 he began a propaganda and organizational campaign that took him through the upper South, as well as Ohio and Maryland, and as far as Texas and Canada.

One of his goals was to organize and colonize African Americans both in this country and overseas, where they could display self-sufficiency and citizenship and speed up emancipation. On a trip north, Lundy met a young journalist and reformer, William Lloyd Garrison, who joined Lundy in editing his journal, The Genius of Universal Emancipation, in 1829.

Lundy continued his lecture tours, working closely with Garrison and aiding the young publisher in establishing Garrison’s own journal, The Liberator.