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In this revised edition of his earlier biography, Paul Simon provides an inspiring account of the life and work of Elijah Lovejoy, an avid abolitionist in the 1830s and the first martyr to freedom of the press in the United States.
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In this revised edition of his earlier biography, Paul Simon provides an inspiring account of the life and work of Elijah Lovejoy, an avid abolitionist in the 1830s and the first martyr to freedom of the press in the United States.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this successful adult version of his 1964 YA biography of Elijah Lovejoy, Martyr to Freedom, Illinois Senator Simon (like Lovejoy, was an Illinois newspaper editor and the son of a Lutheran minister) follows his hero from a fundamentalist religious upbringing through his stormy career in heavily Catholic St. Louis in the 1800s as editor of the St. Louis Times and later of the Protestant Observer. Because of his abolitionist and anti-Catholic campaigns in a slave state, and despite his move to Alton in free-territory Illinois, he was fatally shot in 1837 at age 35 by a mob who destroyed his press as well. His murderers escaped punishment. Lovejoy attracted national attention for his stance that slavery was ``a sin,'' and for organizing a widely attended antislavery Conference in Alton a few weeks before his death. Photos not seen by PW. (Dec.)
Library Journal
Like his subject, Simon was a newspaper editor in southern Illinois. Unlike the unfortunate Lovejoy, Simon survived his earlier career to enter Congress. He has also found time to write several books, including Advice and Consent (LJ 8/92). As in his earlier works, Simon tells his story in excellent fashion. Lovejoy, trained as a preacher, began his editorial career in 1835 in St. Louis with a Presbyterian newspaper. Soon, he was fearlessly attacking slavery but found little tolerance for his stance; instead, he moved upriver to Alton, Illinois, where he once again encountered strong opposition to his views. On November 7, 1837, in an attempt to protect his press from a mob, Lovejoy was shot and killed. Simon tells the story crisply and without the burden of a heavy academic style. He enhances the book by relating Lovejoy's legacy and the subsequent history of his family. Highly recommended for academic and public libraries.-Boyd Childress, Auburn Univ. Lib., Ala.
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“Move over John Milton, Thomas Jeffer­son, and others who are often most quoted on freedom of the press. Make way for the stirring rhetoric of anti-slavery editor Elijah Lovejoy… In this book that reads like a thriller, as well as a primer on press freedom, Illinois Senator Paul Simon… comes across as a first-rate scholar and writer.”—Editor & Publisher

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780809319404
  • Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Simon has been a senator from Illinois since 1985. Active politically since 1955, he served in the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 1985. He has also been a professional newspaper publisher and editor in Madison County, Illinois, where Alton is located.

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