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A minister and an editor, he fought for freedom of speech and freedom from oppression, losing 4 printing presses in 18 months, refusing to give in to angry mobs each time, even when threatened with tarring and feathering (learn more about this punishment and don't try this at home!).
Walked 1,200 miles through the wilderness from Maine to St. Louis to find himself when he was 25. Here's what the country looked like back then.
Elijah Lovejoy Fact Board
First white person killed fighting against black slavery in U.S., shot by a mob in 1837, 24 years before the Civil War. Here's a link to helpful digital files about Lovejoy's life.
This portrait was created after his death using a silhouette made a few years earlier.
"I can die at my post, but I cannot desert it."
What Lovejoy told people who demanded he stop printing articles condemning slavery
Fell head over heels in love with Celia, who became his wife(he was 32, she was 21).Here's the letter he wrote home to his mother about Celia.
Became best friends with Edward Beecher, whose sister Harriet later wrote the famous book "Uncle Tom's Cabin."
Brought to you by author Jennifer Phillips. Check out her biography for middle-graders, "Elijah Lovejoy's Fight for Freedom." Sample pages, ordering details and other tools for teachers and parents at www.noseinabookpublishing.com.