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Midnight Rising

John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

Horwitz, Tony

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Midnight Rising
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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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 080509153X
9780805091533
Characteristics: xii, 365 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.

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Dec 19, 2011
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Exceptional and compelling narrative of the abolitionist John Brown and the raid he led on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry in 1859. Horwitz explores the background and aftermath of the raid thoroughly, giving the reader a greater understanding of the events of those hours. Highly recommended.

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