John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights (Google eBook)
An authoritative new examination of John Brown and his deep impact on American history.Bancroft Prize-winning cultural historian David S. Reynolds presents an informative and richly considered new exploration of the paradox of a man steeped in the Bible but more than willing to kill for his abolitionist cause. Reynolds locates Brown within the currents of nineteenth-century life and compares him to modern terrorists, civil-rights activists, and freedom fighters. Ultimately, he finds neither a wild-eyed fanatic nor a Christ-like martyr, but a passionate opponent of racism so dedicated to eradicating slavery that he realized only blood could scour it from the country he loved. By stiffening the backbone of Northerners and showing Southerners there were those who would fight for their cause, he hastened the coming of the Civil War. This is a vivid and startling story of a man and an age on the verge of calamity.
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Review: John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil RightsUser Review - Claudia - Goodreads
David Reynold's grasp of pre civil war America is extraordinary, radical even. The premise here is that it was Brown, not Lincoln, who started the civil war. A great read! Read full review
Review: John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil RightsUser Review - Caroline - Goodreads
No history of the American Civil War would be complete without some account of John Brown, his violent activities in 'Bleeding Kansas' and his later raid on Harpers Ferry. And yet few of these ... Read full review
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