Date of Award
Senior Scholars Paper (Open Access)
Colby College. History Dept.
The nation saw Lovejoy as representative of republican ideals; virtue. temperance. liberty, and self-sacrifice. Lovejoy had sacrificed his life for the Republic in defense of democratic values. Lovejoy was also a man who feared absolute power. It led him to despise Catholicism (under its Papal authority), fear immigration, and eventually despise the slaveholder. American's saw Lovejoy's stance against the mob as a truly republican act The Reverend Edward Beecher, President of Illinois College and close friend of Lovejoy, immediately recognized the significance of Lovejoy's death.
Elijah Parish Lovejoy, republican ideals
Recommended CitationShirey, Scott, "Elijah Parish Lovejoy the Man and the Myth" (1998). Senior Scholar Papers. Paper 234.
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