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First To Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery

Author: Ken Ellingwood.

First To Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery

Author: Ken Ellingwood.

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Item #: D23182
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Publication Date: 2021
Publisher: Pegasus
ISBN: 9781643137025
During the 1830s, newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy would not let the issue of slavery fall by the wayside. In this biography, Ken Ellingwood illuminates this flawed yet heroic figure who fought for free press rights in a time when the First Amendment offered little protection for those who dared to critique America's "peculiar institution." Decades before the Civil War, the ... More
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During the 1830s, newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy would not let the issue of slavery fall by the wayside. In this biography, Ken Ellingwood illuminates this flawed yet heroic figure who fought for free press rights in a time when the First Amendment offered little protection for those who dared to critique America's "peculiar institution." Decades before the Civil War, the shooting had already begun, and as Ellingwood details here, Lovejoy's dramatic clashes with the pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois, would make him an early martyr for the Abolitionist cause.

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