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The Resource Midnight rising : John Brown and raid that sparked the Civil War, Tony Horwitz

Midnight rising : John Brown and raid that sparked the Civil War, Tony Horwitz

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Midnight rising : John Brown and raid that sparked the Civil War
Title
Midnight rising
Title remainder
John Brown and raid that sparked the Civil War
Statement of responsibility
Tony Horwitz
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In this book the author tells the tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war. Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, this work portrays Brown's uprising revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict. Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland, joined by his teenage daughter, three of his sons, and a guerrilla band that included former slaves and a spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counterattack led by Robert E. Lee. After Brown's capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which considered Brown a terrorist. The raid also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called "a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale." This book travels antebellum America to deliver both a historical drama and a telling portrait of a nation divided, a time that still resonates in ours
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
973.7/116
Index
index present
LC call number
E451
LC item number
.H77 2011
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Midnight rising : John Brown and raid that sparked the Civil War, Tony Horwitz
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-344) and index
Contents
Prologue: October 16, 1859 -- pt. 1. The road to Harpers Ferry -- School of adversity -- I consecrate my life -- A warlike spirit -- First blood -- Secret service -- This spark of fire -- pt. 2. Into Africa -- My invisibles -- Into the breach -- I am nearly disposed of now -- pt. 3. They will Brown us all -- His despised poor -- A full fountain of bedlam -- So let it be done -- Dissevering the ties that bind us -- Epilogue: Immortal raiders
Control code
ocn697267337
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 365 p.
Isbn
9780805091533
Lccn
2011015659
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)697267337
  • a945637
Label
Midnight rising : John Brown and raid that sparked the Civil War, Tony Horwitz
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [295]-344) and index
Contents
Prologue: October 16, 1859 -- pt. 1. The road to Harpers Ferry -- School of adversity -- I consecrate my life -- A warlike spirit -- First blood -- Secret service -- This spark of fire -- pt. 2. Into Africa -- My invisibles -- Into the breach -- I am nearly disposed of now -- pt. 3. They will Brown us all -- His despised poor -- A full fountain of bedlam -- So let it be done -- Dissevering the ties that bind us -- Epilogue: Immortal raiders
Control code
ocn697267337
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xii, 365 p.
Isbn
9780805091533
Lccn
2011015659
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)697267337
  • a945637

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