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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Nearly one hundred fifty 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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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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Stephen B. Oates is Paul Murray Kendall Professor of Biography at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His most recent book is A Woman of Valor: Clara Barton and the Civil War. His other books include With Malice Toward None: The Life of Abraham Lincoln; Let the Trumpet Sound: The Life of Martin Luther King Jr.; and Our Fiery Trial; Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, and the Civil War Era. He is the editor of Biography as High Adventure: Life Writers Speak on Their Art.

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