Portrait of an Abolitionist: A Biography of George Luther Stearns, 1809-1867

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1996 - Biography & Autobiography - 248 pages
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George Luther Stearns became John Brown's single most important financial backer. He personally owned the 200 Sharps rifles Brown brought to Harper's Ferry. Massachusetts Governor John Andrew asked Stearns to recruit the first northern state African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Infantry, recently made famous by the Hollywood movie Glory. Stearns was made a major and made Assistant Adjutant General for the Recruitment of Colored Troops. He recruited over 13,000 African-Americans, established schools for their children, and found work for their families. After Emancipation, he worked tirelessly for African-American civil rights. Friends and associates included the Emersons and the Alcotts, Thoreau, Lydia Maria Child, Charles Sumner, Andrew Johnson, and Frederick Douglass.

 

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Contents

The Successful Merchant in Society
21
Personal Growth National Collapse
47
Kansas Business
69
Financier of Insurrection
83
Emancipation Black Soldiers and the Major
123
The Right Way
175
Selected Bibliography
219
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Page 1 - He would have us bind up with his own undying fame and memory and retain by the side of his monument, the name of John A. Andrew, who, with prophetic vision and strong arm, helped to make the existence of the 54th regiment possible; and that of George L. Stearns, who, with hidden generosity and a great, sweet heart, helped to turn the darkest hour into day, and in doing so freely gave service, fortune and life itself to the cause which this day commemorates. Nor would he have us forget those brother...

About the author (1996)

CHARLES E. HELLER, a former university administrator and adjuct faculty member, holds a doctor degree in United States history from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst./e An Army Reserve Colonel, he returned to active duty to teach and write for the Army at the Command and General Staff College and the Army War College and has recently left military service to resume his civilian academic career. In addition to teaching Heller has numerous publications on United States history and national security issues. He is the co-editor of America's First Battles (1986).

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