John Brown

John Brown

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Author/Editor: Warch, Richard (Editor)
Publisher: Prentice-Hall
Date: 1973
Binding: Paperback
Condition: USED - Very good. An unmarked copy with tight binding and some minimal shelf wear.

John Brown, whose single-minded devotion to the eradication of slavery led to the Harper’s Ferry raid of 1859, has captured the attention of generations of Americans and has been memorialized in song and legend. The editors of this volume attempt to cut through the legend and folklore that surround John Brown and his famous raid in order to present a more accurate portrait of the man and the event.

The first two sections of the book reveal the ambiguity and complexity of Brown the man and the impact of his raid on the American nation. Selections of Brown’s own writings and contemporary accounts of the raid allow the reader to evaluate the nature and meaning of John Brown and his “war on slavery.”

The last section presents the often conflicting opinions of several well-known historians, as they discuss the personality, mental stability, motives, and import of the man who, in the words of the editors, embodies the “...despair of his own time, and the potential despair of all times.”