John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Jul 29, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 594 pages
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Bill_Masom - LibraryThing
This is the first "Cultural History" that I have read. And I liked it a lot. This book is more than a biography, or history, of John Brown. This book places Brown in the cultrual context of his times ... Read full review
JOHN BROWN, ABOLITIONIST: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil RightsUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
Cradle-to-moldering-grave biography of America's homegrown abolitionist terrorist.Was it John Brown's audacity that put the spark to the tinderbox of slavery in mid-19th-century America? The prize ... Read full review
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