Fire From the Midst of You: A Religious Life of John Brown

Fire From the Midst of You: A Religious Life of John Brown

by Jr. Decaro, Louis A. DeCaro
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814719228

ISBN-13: 9780814719220

Pub. Date: 10/01/2005

Publisher: New York University Press

John Brown is usually remembered as a terrorist whose unbridled hatred of slavery drove him to the ill-fated raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in 1859. Tried and executed for seizing the arsenal and attempting to spur a liberation movement among the slaves, Brown was the ultimate cause celebre for a country on the brink of civil war.

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John Brown is usually remembered as a terrorist whose unbridled hatred of slavery drove him to the ill-fated raid on Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in 1859. Tried and executed for seizing the arsenal and attempting to spur a liberation movement among the slaves, Brown was the ultimate cause celebre for a country on the brink of civil war.

“Fire from the Midst of You” situates Brown within the religious and social context of a nation steeped in racism, showing his roots in Puritan abolitionism. DeCaro explores Brown's unusual family heritage as well as his business and personal losses, retracing his path to the Southern gallows. In contrast to the popular image of Brown as a violent fanatic, DeCaro contextualizes Brown's actions, emphasizing the intensely religious nature of the antebellum U.S. in which he lived. He articulates the nature of Brown's radical faith and shows that, when viewed in the context of his times, he was not the religious fanatic that many have understood him to be. DeCaro calls Brown a “Protestant saint”—an imperfect believer seeking to realize his own perceived calling in divine providence.

In line with the post-millennial theology of his day, Brown understood God as working through mankind and the church to renew and revive sinful humanity. He read the Bible not only as God's word, but as God's word to John Brown. DeCaro traces Brown's life and development to show how by forging faith as a radical weapon, Brown forced the entire nation to a point of crisis.

“Fire from the Midst of You” defies the standard narrative with a new reading of John Brown. Here is the man that the preeminent Black scholar W.E.B. Du Bois called a "mighty warning" and the one Malcolm X called “a real white liberal.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814719220
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
349
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

I A Power above Ourselves
1 “And They Had No Comforter”: John Brown and the “Everlasting Negro” Question
2 John Brown’s Heritage
3 Revival, Resistance, and Abolition in the Time of John Brown
II A Good Cause and a Sovereign God
4 The Early Years: Autobiography and History
5 Millennial Hopes, Abolitionist Awakenings
6 “This Path of Life”: From Ohio to Pennsylvania
III Providence and Principle
7 Citizen Brown’s Calvinist Community
8 The Pursuit of Success and the Disappointments of Providence
9 Of Vows and Tears
IV In Times of Difficulty
10 Belted Knights and Practical Shepherds
11 “We Are Tossing Up and Down”
12 The Practical Shepherd in Springfield
V Big Difficulties and Firm Footholds
13 A Cold and Snowy Canaan Land
14 “So We Go”: Failed Ventures and Disappointing Outcomes
15 “All the Encouragement in My Power”
VI Enduring Hardness
16 Ohio and Beyond
17 “Kansas the Outpost”: An Overview
18 Pottawatomie and the Fatherless
VII I Will Raise a Storm
19 “The Language of Providence”
20 “This Spark of Fire”
21 “My Public Murder”

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