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Elijah Parish Lovejoy Was Killed By a Pro-slavery Mob
November 7, 1837

On November 7, 1837, Elijah Parish Lovejoy was killed by a pro-slavery mob while defending the site of his anti-slavery newspaper, The Saint Louis Observer. His death deeply affected many Northerners and greatly strengthened the abolitionist (anti-slavery) cause. Who was Lovejoy and why did his death cause such a strong reaction around the country?

Lovejoy, born in 1802, in Albion, Maine, sought his fortune in the Midwest after his college graduation. Over time, he became editor and part-owner of The St. Louis Times.

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