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His Brother's Blood

Speeches and Writings, 1838-64
Awards and Recognition:

Award of Superior Achievement, The Illinois State Historical Society, 2005.

A history of Owen Lovejoy’s religious and political participation in the antislavery movment from 1838 to 1864

This is the first comprehensive collection of the speeches of Owen Lovejoy (1811-64). After the assassination of his brother, Elijah, for printing an antislavery newspaper, instead of seeking revenge on the murderers, Lovejoy chose to help eradicate the system of racial slavery. Including sermons, campaign speeches, open letters, and his congressional exchanges and addresses, His Brother's Blood offers a colorful and important perspective on the turmoil leading up to the Civil War and the excitement in Congress that produced universal emancipation.

"The editors did an admirable job compiling these documents, providing readers an opportunity to delve into Lovejoy's views on slavery, religion and politics firsthand."--Sandra Frink, Assistant Professor of History at Roosevelt University in Chicago

"The speeches gathered in this important collection reveal the eloquence and wide-ranging interests of this significant and fascinating antislavery leader and member of Congress. A friend of Abraham Lincoln, Lovejoy gently prodded the president to move more quickly toward abolition during the Civil War. Accessible and readable, Lovejoy's speeches afford us a rare look at the intersection of religion and politics. They also reveal a breadth of learning rarely matched in his time or ours."--Fred J. Blue, biographer of Salmon P. Chase and Charles Sumner


William F. Moore and Jane Ann Moore are ordained ministers in the United Church of Christ and codirectors of the Lovejoy Society. Paul Simon, retired U.S. senator from Illinois, teaches and directs the Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is the author of Freedom’s Champion: Elijah Lovejoy.

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