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"Fire from the midst of you" : a religious life of John Brown

Author: Louis A DeCaro
Publisher: New York ; London : New York University Press, [2002] ©2002
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Places John Brown, the man who led the raid on Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, in 1859, within the religious and social context of the nation's political atmosphere and traces the roots of his beliefs to Puritan abolitionism.

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Genre/Form: Biographies
Named Person: John Brown; John Brown; John Brown; John Brown; John Brown; John Brown; John Brown; John (Politiker) Brown
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Louis A DeCaro
ISBN: 081471921X 9780814719213 0814719228 9780814719220
OCLC Number: 50091920
Description: xiii pages, 3 unnumbered pages, 349 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Contents: (from table of contents) Introduction: Reconfiguring sainthood --
I. A power above ourselves. "And they had no comforter": John Brown and the "everlasting Negro" question --
John Brown's heritage --
Revival, resistance, and abolition in the time of John Brown --
II. A good cause and a sovereign God. The early years: autobiography and history --
Millennial hopes, abolitionist awakenings --
"This path of life": from Ohio to Pennsylvania --
III. Providence and principle. Citizen Brown's Calvinist community --
The pursuit of success and the disappointments of Providence --
Of vows and tears --
IV. In times of difficulty. Belted knights and practical shepherds --
"We are tossing up and down" --
The practical shepherd in Springfield --
V. Big difficulties and firm footholds. A cold and snowy Canaan land --
"So we go": failed ventures and disappointing outcomes --
"All the encouragement in my power" --
VI. Enduring hardness. Ohio and beyond --
"Kansas the outpost": an overview --
Pottawatomie and the fatherless --
VII. I will raise a storm. "The language of Providence" --
"This spark of fire" --
"My public murder" --
Epilogue: A saint's rest.
Responsibility: Louis A. DeCaro, Jr.
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This biography offers fresh insight into the life and actions of this renowned figure in American history.  Read more...


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"A welcome addition to the literature of John Brown." * Publishers Weekly * "Decaro sets out to establish Brown's legacy as one grounded in an alternative evangelical tradition that decried pacifism, Read more...

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