Elijah Lovejoy's Fight for Freedom

· Jennifer Phillips

About this ebook

Two decades before the Civil War, Elijah P. Lovejoy used his newspaper to demand an end to slavery - dangerous beliefs that turned deadly as mobs repeatedly destroyed his press and then took his life. Lovejoy’s death turned slavery into a national debate and helped mobilize the abolitionist movement. It also made people more committed to protecting free speech and freedom from punishment by private citizens. As relevant today as when Lovejoy took his stance.

Children's biography for grades 5 and up. 48 pages.

This is the life story of a man who insisted on his constitutional right to speak freely about unpopular subjects and refused to be intimidated by those who would silence him. Just days before his murder, Elijah told a crowd, “Think not that I regret the choice I have made. While all around me is violence and tumult, all is peace within.”

About the author

Jennifer Phillips grew up in Alton, Illinois and lived right across the street from the Elijah Lovejoy memorial for a few years when she was small. A former newspaper reporter, she now lives in Shoreline, Washington.

Jennifer writes stories that celebrate creativity, courage and determination. She loves opportunities to connect with readers of all ages about her books, as well as people on their own writing journeys.

Visit www.jenniferphillipsauthor.com for free extras about Elijah Lovejoy and the subjects of her other books.

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