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This biography offers fresh insight into the life and actions of this renowned figure in American history.
Louis A. DeCaro Jr., author of "FIRE FROM THE MIDST OF YOU": A RELIGIOUS LIFE OF JOHN BROWN, and JOHN BROWN--THE COST OF FREEDOM, presents this collection of essays about the abolitionist in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his raid on Harper's Ferry (1859-2009)
Louis DeCaro, Jr., associate professor of history at The Alliance Theological Seminary in New York City, is the author of Fire from the Midst of You: A Religious Life of John Brown (2002) as well as works on Malcolm X and the urban church.
This collection of writings by John Brown in the fateful days after his raid on Harper's Ferry showcase the depth of conviction of Brown's character. Paired with Louis DeCaro's narrative of the aftermath, trial, and execution of John Brown in Freedom's Dawn: The Last Days of John Brown in Virginia, this book preserves the first-hand experience of Brown as he gave his life for the abolitionist cause.
"An examination of the influence--however contested--of John Brown of the Harper's Ferry Rebellion on the national narrative of the United States"--Amazon.com.
To some, John Brown was a hero and a martyr to the abolitionist cause. To others, he was a treasonous murderer operating outside the law. Unlike most mainstream abolitionists, Brown believed that slavery would never end without the use of violence, and he was more than willing to take up arms against anyone who stood in his way. His ill-fated raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in 1859, which resulted in his execution, was merely the final chapter in his history of using violent means to fight slavery. The question of whether violence is ever acceptable as a form of protest is one that Brown's contemporaries asked themselves and one we are still asking today. Through this book, students can contemplate that same question as they examine the facts of John Brown's life, the historical context in which he lived, and the legacy he left behind.
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