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An outdoor sermon in a forest
Lovejoy may have attended outdoor sermons like this one

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

In 1832, caught up in the powerful religious revival movement sweeping the U.S., Lovejoy sold his business and went back East to study religion. There, a group of St. Louis businessmen recruited Lovejoy to return to St. Louis as editor of a new paper, The Saint Louis Observer, designed to promote religious and moral education. Supported by abolitionist friends such as Edward Beecher (the brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin), he wrote anti-slavery editorials. Over time, Lovejoy's writing against slavery and in support of abolition became more strongly worded.
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