Synopses & Reviews
Few men in American history have been at once as glorified and maligned as John Brown. From his attack of the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, in October 1859, as part of a scheme to free the slaves, Brown has been called a saint and sinner, rogue and redeemer, martyr and madman. Brown rebelled against the American government, and he murdered men in Kansas in order to end the murderous institution of slavery. He denounced war, but made war on his government in order to end an existing war for slavery.
This anthology, which presents Brown's writing and diverse responses to his life and raid, offers a lens through which to analyze these tensions and contradictions. Extensive introductions to every source offer a close reading of language and provide full historical and biographical background.
About the Author
has published on American literature and history and won numerous awards for her writing and teaching. She recently wrote " Don't speak dearest it will make you worse': The Bondwoman's Narrative
, The Afro-American Literary Tradition, and The Trope of the Lying Book" for In Search of Hannah Crafts
(edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Hollis Robbins). She has a first-class BA Hons in English Literature from Cambridge University (Newnham College), where she founded and edited a nationally-recognized newspaper, The Cambridge Student.
She won a Kennedy Scholarship in 2001, and is currently in the History of American Civilization PhD program at Harvard University.
John Staufferis the author of The Black Hearts of Men: Radical Abolitionists and the Transformation of Race, which won the Frederick Douglass Book Prize, the Avery Craven Book Prize, and was the Lincoln Prize runner-up. He is the editor of Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom, for the Modern Library; and is at work on a new book, By the Love of Comrades: Interracial Frienships, Democratic Dream, and the Meaning of Americ. He is the John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Hummanities at Harvard University, where he teaches courses on American literature and culture.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations.
Part One: The Making of a Man and a Militant.
Part Two: The Road to Kansas, and Harpers Ferry.
Part Three: The Harpers Ferry Raid and Aftermath.
Part Four: The Making of a Myth.