Two decades before the Civil War, Elijah Lovejoy used his newspaper to protest slavery. His beliefs were dangerous enough. Taking his cause public proved deadly as he defended press after press before losing his life to a mob. Insisting on his constitutional right to speak freely about unpopular subjects, he refused to be intimidated by those who would silence him.
I wear a variety of hats in my daily life: freelance writer, mom, wife, director of innovation programs at a Seattle medical center. I'm also a former newspaper reporter and corporate writer.
I've been able to try many fun and interesting things so far in my life. For example, I started out reporting on crime and court stories, hanging out in police labs before shows like CSI made crime investigation so popular. I've ridden in helicopters while doing public relations for an aircraft manufacturer and watched surgeries as part of my healthcare work.
My husband and I have always been big on travel, going near or far depending on the time and money we have. Our family loves exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest (yes, we've been to Forks, Washington, home of the famous Twilight series), nearby Canada and the Western states. But travel has also taken me to England, Scotland, Italy, Greece, Australia, China and Vietnam. I hope to see more of the world when I can!
I grew up in Alton, Illinois and this Midwestern upbringing in the 1960s and 1970s has been fueling some of my writing projects. Two of my biographies are "hometown-inspired" projects.
I love Smashwords and how it has championed the work of indie authors. In addition to my indie ebooks you'll find here, I have other books published. You can learn more about these and lots of extras at www.jenniferphillipsauthor.com.read more
Reviews for Elijah Lovejoy's Fight for Freedom
Elijah Lovejoy’s Fight for Freedom by Jennifer PhillipsHaving once taught history, I was somewhat embarrassed to have never heard of Elijah Lovejoy. This children’s book gives a clear and concise history of Elijah Lovejoy and his fight for freedom of speech. Ms. Phillips does a good job in providing background and information in a manner acceptable to the younger reader. I liked the way Ms. Phillips interspersed quotes and illustrations. It is important to provide extra stimulus to keep the interest of the younger reader, particularly in subjects like history. Ms. Phillips also provides interesting personal aspects on Elijah that helps the reader to stay involved with the drier historic facts. I found the message very clear that Elijah Lovejoy fought for the right to publicly express opinions and ideas. His courage allowed other editors to grow and further the entire freedom of the press tradition. I recommend the book.read more
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