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His Brother's Blood: Speeches and Writings, 1838-64 Hardcover – July 28, 2004


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  • Hardcover: 472 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press (July 28, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252029194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252029196
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.3 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,519,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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

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If your brother had been murdered by an angry mob because he published a newspaper that called slavery a sin, how would you react? Owen Lovejoy vowed on his brother's grave to spend the rest of his life at war with slavery. And he kept his vow. Lovejoy was an ordained minister who was used mightily by God both inside and outside the church. He preached the Bible on Sunday and then the rest of the week sheltered fugitives on the Underground Railroad and ended up elected to Congress as a U.S. Senator where he used his seat to confront evil. My favorite part was just before the Civil War when Lovejoy confronts the slaveholding Senators on the floor of Congress with a speech demanding that they free their slaves to prevent the coming bloodshed of the Civil War. They taunt him back and we all know what happens next. This book is great for giving an eye-witness account to the atmosphere that resulted in a nation ripped apart. While today's historians are still debating what caused the Civil War, Lovejoy made it clear "this is nothing other than a proslavery rebellion."

When you spend hours straining your eyesight to read the tiny print of the official Congressional record, you really start to appreciate a book like this which provides a much easier to read version with very helpful editing. This is a fascinating collection of Owen Lovejoy's speeches and writings, which Civil War historians and scholars will enjoy browsing. The amount of research done by the authors is astounding, and will help many future scholars in their research. This book is different from a typical biography as this is written in a more scholarly style. We especially found the editorial notes helpful to understand the context.
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