Elijah Lovejoy’s Fight for Freedom
This book tells the story of Elijah Parish Lovejoy, who used his newspaper two decades before the Civil War to call for an end to slavery. His beliefs were dangerous enough. Taking his cause public through his newspaper proved deadly. He faced angry mobs. They destroyed his printing equipment three times. Then, two days before he turned 35, a mob shot and killed Elijah as he defended a fourth printing press. His death turned slavery into a national debate and mobilized the abolitionist movement. It also made people more committed to protecting free speech.
Enjoy these free supplements. Some of you have been in touch to share how you’ve used Lovejoy’s life story and the era he represented for a school history project. I always love to hear from you! Send me a note about how Lovejoy has influenced you and any projects or interesting materials/websites. Thanks!
Materials & Resource Links
- My Lovejoy Pinterest Board
- My Lovejoy Youtube Channel
- Annual Lovejoy Award for Courage in Journalism at Colby College (learn about contemporary journalists)