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John Greenleaf Whittier was an American poet and abolitionist who, in the latter part of his life, was a household name in both England and the United States.
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John Greenleaf Whittier's career divides into four periods: poet/journalist, abolitionist, writer/humanitarian and Quaker poet. At age 19, he submitted his poem to William Lloyd Garrison. The two banned together in the abolitionist cause. By 1843 Whittier decided that to utilize the political arena towards abolition. He became an advocate of justice, tolerance and liberal humanitarianism.
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