Mary Brown, the widow of John Brown of Harpers Ferry, traveled by covered wagon to California with her daughters in 1864. Collection of essays, photos, bibliographies, about John Brown's family. Includes driving tour of Saratoga, California sites.
Developed from a travel class at the California History Center at De Anza College, Women Abolitionists of Santa Clara County and the discovery of an original John Brown letter to his wife Mary by Lori Deal of San Jose, a descendant of Lucy Higgins, a progressive woman of the early 20th century. Lori donated the legacy to the Bancroft Library at the University of California, for public and scholarly access.
Four historians who contributed to John Brown's Family in California include April Halberstadt, director of the Saratoga Historical Foundation and Museum; Eric Ledell Smith, the State Museum of Pennsylvania; John M. Lawlor, history professor at Reading Area (Pa.) Community College; Louis A. DeCaro, Jr., biographer of John Brown.
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Lori Deal finds a letter from John Brown to his wife Mary in 1854. Why did Lucy Higgins pass it to the next generations? What did Lori do with the letter?About the Author:
Jean Libby is a retired instructor of U.S. History, California History, and Ethnic Studies and community colleges in northern California.
Now publishing books and DVD with dba Allies for Freedom, publishers.
Current project is the photo portrait chronology of John Brown, public history presentation in Harpers Ferry in 2009, the National Archives at Philadelphia and Library and Archives of the Kansas State Historical Society in 2010.
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