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John Brown (01 Edition)by W. E. B. Du Bois
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In the history of slavery and its legacy, John Brown looms large as a righteous if bloody hero whose deeds partly precipitated the Civil War. As Frederick Douglass wrote: "When John Brown stretched forth his arm...the clash of arms was at hand". A stern, violent figure, Brown led the famous raid on Harper's Ferry in 1859, and was executed in Charleston in that year. DuBois's biography shows how Brown embodied - literally and allegorically - the American racial dilemma writ large. Leading Americanist David Roediger has written a new introduction for this edition, and has edited and chosen commentary for it.
A moving cultural biography of abolitionist martyr John Brown, by one of the most important African-American intellectuals of the twentieth century.
In the history of slavery and its legacy, John Brown looms large as a hero whose deeds partly precipitated the Civil War. As Frederick Douglass wrote: "When John Brown stretched forth his arm ... the clash of arms was at hand." DuBois's biography brings Brown stirringly to life and is a neglected classic.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -241) and index.
About the Author
David Roediger is Kendrick Babcock Professor of History at the University of Illinois (Urbana/Champaign). His books include The Wages of Whiteness and, as editor, Black on White.
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