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By Michael Stoneham

Radical abolitionist and freedom-fighter John Brown encouraged literary the United States to disagreement in the course of his brief yet dramatic profession as a public determine in antebellum the United States. rising from obscurity through the violent fight to figure out how Kansas might input the Union in 1856, John Brown captured the mind's eye of the main popular japanese literary figures following his dramatic, even though failed raid on Harper’s Ferry. inspired by means of Brown’s forthright safety of his try and start up the tip of slavery, Whittier, Whitman, Melville, Longfellow, and Howells spoke back to the abolitionist with poetic tributes suggesting that Brown used to be a freeing hero, whereas Emerson and Thoreau celebrated his attempt to encourage the kingdom to a brand new ethical knowledge of the typical humanity of all males. Responses, despite the fact that, weren't uniform, as those and different figures debated the benefits and meanings of Brown’s activities. This unprecedented ebook sheds new mild on how John Brown encouraged America’s most vital intellects to take a public stand opposed to the inertia of ethical compromise and social degeneracy, bringing the country to the edge of civil war.

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