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Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837) was a Presbyterian minister in St. Louis, Missouri. He began publishing a religious newspaper, The St. Louis Observer, and advocating the abolition of slavery. He moved to Alton, Illinois, in July, 1836 after his press was attacked by a mob. He actively supported the Anti-Slavery Society of Illinois, which enraged many of the local citizens. Even after three presses had been destroyed, he continued to publish the Alton Observer. On November 7, 1837, a mob attacked the warehouse where a new press was being stored, and Lovejoy was killed. This account is dated November 8, and is written from a pro-abolition perspective, calling the attack nothing less than arson and murder. William Butler began publication of the Hampshire Gazette on September 6, 1786, in Northampton, Massachusetts. It has been in continuous publication since then and is now called the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

 

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"Alton-Mob-Murder and Arson" article from the Hampshire Gazette newspaper

publisher   Hampshire Gazette
date   Nov 22, 1837
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
width   3.0"
height   9.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.131


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"Disgraceful" article about mob at Garrison Abolition Society's anniversary celebration from the Gazette and Courier newspaper


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