John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 29, 2009 - History - 597 pages
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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 Rights

User 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 Rights

User 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

Contents

The Party
3
The Puritan
14
The Pioneer
29
The Patriarch
40
The Pauper
66
T he Plan
95
Pottawatomie
138
Pariah and Legend
179
Practice
268
Preparation 1 88
288
Problems
309
Pilloried Prosecuterl and Praised 3 34
370
Positions and Politics 02
402
The Prophet 458
438
Posterity 480
440
Notes
507

The Promoter
206
Plotting Multiculturally
239

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About the author (2009)

David S. Reynolds is Distinguished Professor of English and American Studies at the Graduate Center and Baruch College of the City University of New York. He received his B.A. from Amherst College and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at Rutgers University, New York University, Barnard College, and Northwestern University. His Walt Whitman's America won the Bancroft Prize, the Ambassador Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Beneath the American Renaissance won Phi Beta Kappa's Christian Gauss.


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