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Lovejoy moved his family here, to Alton, Illinois

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

By 1837, Lovejoy called for immediate universal emancipation (complete freedom from slavery). While national circulation of the paper increased, locals who supported slavery became angry. Mob violence increased over the slavery issue, several times destroying Lovejoy's presses. As a husband and father, Lovejoy feared for his family's safety, so they moved to Alton, in the free state of Illinois, hoping to cool the fires. When a new press arrived in November 1837, violence escalated.
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