To Purge this Land with Blood: A Biography of John Brown

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Univ of Massachusetts Press, 1984 - Biography & Autobiography - 434 pages
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One hundred thirty-five years after his epochal Harpers Ferry raid to free the slaves, John Brown is still one of the most controversial figures in American history. In 1970, Stephen B. Oates wrote what has come to be recognized as the definitive biography of Brown, a balanced assessment that captures the man in all his complexity. The book is now back in print in an updated edition with a new prologue by the author.
  

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Review: To Purge This Land with Blood: A Biography of John Brown

User Review  - Pete - Goodreads

All that live within a few hours drive of Harper's Ferry, West Virginia (in John Brown's day it was Virginia) should visit and learn of John Brown's raid on the town's arsenal. If your not so close ... Read full review

Review: To Purge This Land with Blood: A Biography of John Brown

User Review  - Kyle Worlitz - Goodreads

What a hero/psycho. Read full review

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Contents

FIRST AWAKENING
3
A CALVINIST UPBRINGING
8
SMARTING UNDER THE ROD OF PROVIDENCE
19
OHIO AGAIN
34
SPRINGFIELD CRUSADER
51
FEELING OUR DEPENDENCE
70
WEST TO THE PROMISED LAND
82
THE WICKED SHALL CEASE FROM TROUBLING
97
FOR THE CAUSE OF LIBERTY
181
RAILROAD BUSINESS ON AN EXTENDED SCALE
206
THE CONSPIRACY BEGINS
229
MY WORK MY MISSION
253
MEN GET YOUR ARMS
274
INSURRECTION
290
LET THEM HANG ME
307
JOHN BROWN
337

SIGNS AND PORTENTS
112
BLOODY POTTAWATOMIE
126
WAR HAS COMMENCED
138
GOD WILL KEEP AND DELIVER US
147
JOHN BROWN OF OSAWATOMIE
163
BEYOND THE GALLOWS
353
Notes
363
Manuscript Cited
417
Index
421
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About the author (1984)

Stephen B. Oates is a professor emeritus of history at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. His books include Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. and With Malice Toward None: A Life of Abraham Lincoln. Oates has been awarded numerous honors, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, Robert F. Kennedy Book Award, and Nevins-Freeman Award of the Civil War Round Table of Chicago for lifetime achievement in the field of Civil War studies.

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