Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown

Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown

by Peggy A. Russo
     
 

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The willingness of John Brown (1800-1859) to use violence to further the abolitionist cause has made him a historical figure of enduring controversy. In this multidisciplinary collection, Russo (English, Pennsylvania State U.) and Finkelman (law, U. of Tulsa) present 12 papers that consider aspects of John Brown's legacy from his reception by his contemporaries to his… See more details below

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The willingness of John Brown (1800-1859) to use violence to further the abolitionist cause has made him a historical figure of enduring controversy. In this multidisciplinary collection, Russo (English, Pennsylvania State U.) and Finkelman (law, U. of Tulsa) present 12 papers that consider aspects of John Brown's legacy from his reception by his contemporaries to his representations in literature. The also provide behavioral and psychological analysis of his behavior; consider his influence on American cultural iconography; and discuss definitions of Brown as "founder" of a political movement, as "martyr" to a cause, and as "lawless fanatic." Annotation ©2006 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

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“There’s fresh material, fresh perspective, and more.”
— Peter Wallenstein, author of Blue Laws and Black Codes: Conflict, Courts, and Change in Twentieth-Century Virginia

“[I]n the spirit of revisiting Brown, Paul Finkelman and Peggy Russo have edited a diverse and intriguing new volume that takes its place at the top of a significant pile of writing on the Old Man from Osawatomie.... This is one volume that makes an important contribution to that ongoing conversation.”
The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780821416310
Publisher:
Ohio University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2005
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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