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Declaration of the Anti-Slavery Convention, 1833
Some abolitionists, like Lovejoy, attended the Declaration of the Anti-Slavery Convention in 1833

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

No sooner was the press off-loaded from the steamboat than a drunken mob formed and tried to set fire to the warehouse where it was stored. When Lovejoy ran out to push them away, someone shot him. Throughout the North and West, more people joined anti-slavery societies following Lovejoy's death. Officials in Illinois said almost nothing about the incident, with the exception of a young state representative named Abraham Lincoln, who spoke out against the crime.
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