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|Bringing all the anti-slavery forces together under one political tent was Birney's idea that eventually came to fruition with the Republicans. Garrison opposed political action and wanted the North to secede. William Wirt defended the Cherokee in court long after Birney had left Alabama, but it was Birney who had the courage to stand up for a mistreated group of Native Americans when it was unpopular. I am happy to fit in with the journalists of the Civil War era, because many of them were right and facts are facts, thank you.