|Author/Contributor(s):||DuBois, W E B|
Three years and 29 days prior to Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, a man branded "zealot", "fanatic" and "traitor" was hanged. John Brown and his band of 21 followers seized the armory at Harper's Ferry to obtain weapons, arm the slaves, and through mass revolt end slavery.
In this book, first published in 1909 and then long out of print, Dr. Du Bois rose to a passionate and fully documented defense of John Brown against all his detractors. Dr. Du Bois developed the view that at Harper's Ferry, John Brown fought the first battle of the Civil War.
For this edition, Dr. Du Bois supplied a new preface, some additions to the text, and a few pages of new conclusions. Lithographed from the original edition, the old text has not been altered, and all new material appears in italics. In this way, the reader is able to follow the evolution of the author's thinking from 1909 to this 1962 edition, prepared for the Centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation.