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Crime History: Pro-slavery mob kills abolitionist newspaperman

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On this day, Nov. 7, in 1837, abolitionist printer Elijah Lovejoy was killed by a mob while attempting to protect his printing shop in Alton, Ill. Lovejoy, a pastor who ran a religious newspaper in St. Louis, had been forced to move from Missouri after a mob destroyed his business for printing stories about a lynching and the acquittal of the leaders of the hanging. He then began...