By Doug Dammon
Elijah Lovejoy letter to his brother, Joseph Lovejoy
Thomas Dimmock, Dedication of the Lovejoy Monument, November 8, 1898
Slavery Question in Illinois
A look at the history of this institution in Illinois including how the wording of the original state constitution illustrated the pro-slavery feelings of the majority of Illinois' early political leaders.
Descriptions of Illinois Cities
Broadside Printed by Lovejoy
Final Public Speech in Alton
of the Upper Alton Lyceum
Leaders in America before 1840
Contemporary Pro-Slavery Opponents
Lovejoy Monument in Alton, Illinois
|"Sir, I dare not flee
away from Alton. . . No sir, the contest has commenced here; and here it
must be finished. Before God and you all, I here pledge myself to continue
it, if need be, till death. If I fall, my grave shall be made in Alton."
Elijah Lovejoy, November 3, 1837
|"The editor of the Observer
has merited the full measure of the community's indignation; and if he
will not learn from experience, they are very likely to teach him by practice,
something of the light in which the honorable and respectable portion of
the community view his conduct. He has forfeited all claims to the protection
of that or any other community by his continued efforts to promote antislavery
Missouri Republican, July 17, 1837
The Illinois State Historical Library
offers selections from its holdings that illustrate the life and times
of abolitionist minister and editor, Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837).
The selected works shed valuable light not only on the beliefs of Elijah
Lovejoy, but also comment directly on the differing attitudes of the citizens
of the state of Illinois concerning the issue of slavery during the early
decades of the 19th century. The Lovejoy Papers at the Illinois State Historical
Library include a unique collection of books, broadsides, pamphlets, newspaper
articles, personal letters, prints, photographs, and drawings which provide
a thorough account of Lovejoy's battle for freedom of the press and civil
rights. Through this electronic resource, the Illinois State Historical
Library hopes to coordinate these research tools and make them available
to researchers and students of Illinois history on a larger scale. The
Lovejoy research page is just a small part of the overall commitment of
the Illinois State Historical Library to provide access to the historical
materials of our state.
This project was made possible through the generosity of a grant provided by George Ryan through the Illinois State Library.
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