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Fire From the Midst of You: A Religious Life of John Brown / Edition 1

Fire From the Midst of You: A Religious Life of John Brown / Edition 1

by Louis A Decaro, Jr.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814719213
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/22/2002
Pages: 349
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Louis A. DeCaro, Jr. is a religious educator and pastor who lives in New Jersey. He is the author of On the Side of My People: A Religious Life of Malcolm X and its sequel, Malcolm and the Cross: The Nation of Islam, Malcolm X, and Christianity , both available from NYU Press.

Table of Contents

1Introduction: Reconfiguring Sainthood1
IA Power above Ourselves9
1"And They Had No Comforter": John Brown and the "Everlasting Negro" Question11
2John Brown's Heritage20
3Revival, Resistance, and Abolition in the Time of John Brown30
IIA Good Cause and a Sovereign God43
4The Early Years: Autobiography and History45
5Millennial Hopes, Abolitionist Awakenings57
6"This Path of Life": From Ohio to Pennsylvania68
IIIProvidence and Principle81
7Citizen Brown's Calvinist Community83
8The Pursuit of Success and the Disappointments of Providence95
9Of Vows and Tears108
IVIn Times of Difficulty121
10Belted Knights and Practical Shepherds123
11"We Are Tossing Up and Down"136
12The Practical Shepherd in Springfield146
VBig Difficulties and Firm Footholds161
13A Cold and Snowy Canaan Land163
14"So We Go": Failed Ventures and Disappointing Outcomes177
15"All the Encouragement in My Power"189
VIEnduring Hardness203
16Ohio and Beyond205
17"Kansas the Outpost": An Overview216
18Pottawatomie and the Fatherless223
VIII Will Raise a Storm237
19"The Language of Providence"239
20"This Spark of Fire"252
21"My Public Murder"264
Epilogue: A Saint's Rest279
Selected Bibliography335
About the Author349

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“A welcome addition to the literature on John Brown's life and legacy. One of the book's strongest features is its detailed description of Brown's longstanding contacts and friendships with black Americans. But DeCaro—s most important achievement is to have explored in greater depth and more sympathetically than any previous scholar the precise nature of the religious convictions that shaped Brown's career as a freedom fighter.”
-Gerald W. McFarland,author of A Scattered People: An American Family Moves West

“Decaro sets out to establish Brown's legacy as one grounded in an alternative evangelical tradition that decried pacifism, developed a doctrine of holy war, and called any church that did not actively work for abolition anti-Christian. He places Brown in his religious milieu, reforming the legacy of this religious extremist.”
-Library Journal


“A welcome addition to the literature of John Brown.”

-Publishers Weekly


“Traces the religious and political trajectory of John Brown not as the fanatic bent on waging war against the United States, but as a religious revolutionary, like Malcolm X, following a biblical command that places justice before peace. Louis DeCaro’s fresh interpretation of Brown and his time does more than rescue a maligned figure in U.S. history from an army of scholarly foes. He offers a deeply nuanced character profile of Brown and his family, a charismatic abolitionist who took his Bible seriously, and shook his country the better to shake slavery out of it. No future study of John Brown can ignore this book.”
-William Loren Katz,author of Eyewitness: A Living Documentary of the African American Contribution to American History

“Skillfully contextualizes John Brown's religious and abolitionist development within his Calvinist background and the evangelical movement of ninteenth-century America.”
-Jean Libby,editor of John Brown Mysteries

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