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John Brown
     

John Brown

by Jon Sterngass
 

John Brown, a dedicated and unfaltering abolitionist, was known for his radical and violent efforts to dismantle the institution of slavery in the United States. Brown was a religious man who believed it was his divine mission to help bring an end to human bondage. He gained notoriety for his involvement in "Bleeding Kansas," an incident where a mob of men murdered

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John Brown, a dedicated and unfaltering abolitionist, was known for his radical and violent efforts to dismantle the institution of slavery in the United States. Brown was a religious man who believed it was his divine mission to help bring an end to human bondage. He gained notoriety for his involvement in "Bleeding Kansas," an incident where a mob of men murdered proslavery supporters. But this was only a precursor to Brown's dream to incite a slave rebellion. After receiving donations from abolitionists, Brown organized an insurrection, in the hopes that it would inspire similar uprisings throughout the United States and its territories. On October 16, 1859, Brown and his men raided the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown was tried, sentenced, and executed, and his courage and sacrifice deepened the political divide between the North and the South. In John Brown, examine the life of one of the most polarizing figures of the Civil War ear.

From ex-slaves and abolitionists to military leaders and presidents, Leaders of the Civil War Era Presents a full picture of some of the most important figures who lived during this tumultuous time in U.S. history. Each volume is a key resource for students and general readers who want to know more about the people who shaped our country into what it is today.

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These fact-filled but dry books are heavy on the history, but light on the private lives. Readers learn, for example, that Sherman's early life was full of death and tragedy, but not how that affected him. The death of Lincoln's son Willie merits a single short paragraph, and Mary Todd Lincoln's disputed mental health is mentioned not at all. The notion that Frederick Douglass was notoriously quick to take offense is only touched upon. The relatively few black-and-white and color illustrations include portraits and photographs, and there are large sidebars that sometimes occupy most of a page, covering topics such as the "White House of the Confederacy" in Davis . Unfortunately, these titles lack a sufficient number of maps and primary sources.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604133059
Publisher:
Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Series:
Leaders of the Civil War Era Series
Pages:
144
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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