Book Reviews -- Freedom's Champion: Elijah Lovejoy by Paul Simon

By Baker, Nora | Journalism History, Autumn 1995 | Go to article overview

Book Reviews -- Freedom's Champion: Elijah Lovejoy by Paul Simon


Baker, Nora, Journalism History


Simon, Paul. Freedom's Champion: Elijah Lovejoy. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994. 232 pp. $14.95.

Elijah Lovejoy, the first martyr to freedom of the press, is little known today except in his native Maine and in Illinois, where he was murdered by an angry mob. Many journalists and most journalism historians have heard of the abolitionist editor who died defending his press from an angry mob in 1837, but the general population is unfamiliar with his story and his name.

This is the second biography of Elijah Lovejoy written by Illinois Senator Paul Simon, who has written fourteen books. In fact, it is something of an expansion and refinement of his first biography, Lovejoy: Martyr to Freedom, which was published in 1964.

Although more than 100 years separate Lovejoy and Simon, they have much in common. Lovejoy died in Madison County, Illinois; Simon is from Madison County. Lovejoy was a journalist whose newspaper was the Alton Observer; before going into politics, Simon was a journalist whose newspaper, the Troy Tribune, was located just a few miles from Alton. Lovejoy was a crusader; Simon earned that reputation before he became a politician.

In the forward to this biography, journalist Clarence Page wrote that Simon "has uncovered a complicated man whose restless spirit and single-minded, religiously fired idealism showed many characteristics, some of them more noble than others. Simon shows Lovejoy to be a less-than-perfect hero." This is one of the strengths of the book.

It is always a temptation to lionize dead heroes, but by doing so, they become dehumanized. Lovejoy's weaknesses and prejudices are exposed (for example, his bias against Roman Catholicism, which was typical of the era), but so are his strength and his courage. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

Book Reviews -- Freedom's Champion: Elijah Lovejoy by Paul Simon
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.