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Author Ellingwood, Ken, author.

Title First to fall : Elijah Lovejoy and the fight for a free press in the age of slavery / Ken Ellingwood.

Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Books, [2021]


Location Call No. Status
 New Britain, Main Library - Non Fiction  326.8 ELL    Check Shelf
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Adult Department  326.8 ELLINGWOOD    Check Shelf
 Windsor, Main Library - Adult Department  326.8 EL    Check Shelf
Edition First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Description xiii, 351 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 311-318) and index.
Summary "The history of the fight for free press has never been more vital in our own time, when journalists are targeted as "enemies of the people." In this brilliant and rigorously researched history, award-winning journalist and author Ken Ellingwood animates the life and times of abolitionist newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy. First to Fall illuminates this flawed yet heroic figure who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for free press rights in a time when the First Amendment offered little protection for those who dared to critique America's "peculiar institution." Culminating in Lovejoy's dramatic clashes with the pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois--who were destroying printing press after printing press--First to Fall will bring Lovejoy, his supporters and his enemies to life during the raucous 1830s at the edge of slave country. It was a bloody period of innovation, conflict, violent politics, and painful soul-searching over pivotal issues of morality and justice."
Subject Lovejoy, Elijah P. (Elijah Parish), 1802-1837.
Abolitionists -- Illinois -- Biography.
Riots -- Illinois -- History -- 19th century.
Alton (Ill.) -- History.
Antislavery movements.
Slavery -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Freedom of the press -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form Biographies.
ISBN 1643137026 (hardcover)
9781643137025 (hardcover)
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