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John Brown : the legend revisited

Author: Merrill D Peterson
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2002.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A fervent abolitionist, his New England reserve tempered by a childhood on the Ohio frontier, John Brown advocated arming fugitive slaves to fight for their freedom, an idea that impressed Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau. In 1855, answering the call of his five sons to join them in the desperate struggle for freedom in the new territories, John Brown became a hero of "Bleeding  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Named Person: John Brown; John Brown, Politiker.; John Brown
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Merrill D Peterson
ISBN: 0813921325 9780813921327 0813923085 9780813923086
OCLC Number: 49618593
Description: x, 195 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
Contents: The John Brown epoch --
Faces and places of the hero --
The Kansas imbroglio --
The great biography --
Kaleidoscope --
John Brown redivivus --
Coda.
Responsibility: Merrill D. Peterson.
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This work traces the legend of John Brown from his own era to the present day. The narrative flows between a discussion of the events of Brown's life and the dramatization of the events in prose,  Read more...

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"An extraordinary work that traces the legend of this fascinating and complex man from Brown's own era to the present day.... A tour de force." --Charles Dew, author of Bond of Iron and Apostles of Read more...

 
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