By David S. Reynolds
A cultural biography of John Brown, the arguable abolitionist who used violent strategies opposed to slavery and single-handedly replaced the process American background. Reynolds brings to existence the Puritan warrior who gripped slavery by way of the throat and brought on the Civil warfare. Reynolds demonstrates that Brown’s such a lot violent acts—including his killing of proslavery settlers in Kansas and his historical raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia--were encouraged by way of the slave revolts, guerilla battle, and innovative Christianity of the day. He exhibits how Brown seized public awareness, polarizing the state and fueling the tensions that resulted in the Civil struggle. Reynolds recounts how Brown permeated American tradition through the Civil conflict and past, and the way he planted the seeds of the civil rights move through creating a pioneering call for for entire social and political equality for America’s ethnic minorities.
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