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The Portent: John Brown's Raid in American Memory

William M.S. Rasmussen; Robert S. Tilton

ISBN 10: 0945015313 / ISBN 13: 9780945015314
Published by Virginia Historic Society, 2009
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AS NEW. Not Ex-Library. Clean throughout with straight tight binding. No marks. Purchase supports the programs, operations and collections and collections preservation of the renowned Museum of Indian Arts & Culture Laboratory of Anthropology Library. The raid -- Incarceration & execution -- Aftermath -- Memory -- Conclusion. Bookseller Inventory # 002706

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Title: The Portent: John Brown's Raid in American ...

Publisher: Virginia Historic Society

Publication Date: 2009

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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One hundred and fifty years ago, in October 1859, John Brown and his followers gained armed possession of the federal arsenal at Harper's Ferry, Virginia. In the immediate aftermath, many Americans denounced the raid as the act of a madman. Six weeks later, however, by the time he was hanged for murder, treason, and inciting slaves to revolt, many commentators in the North and in Europe revered Brown as a martyr who gave his life so that others might be free. Henry David Thoreau proclaimed Brown an American patriot "like the best of those who stood at our bridge once, on Lexington Common, and on Bunker Hill, only he was firmer and higher principled." Ralph Waldo Emerson warned that Brown is "the new saint awaiting his martyrdom, and who, if he shall suffer, will make the gallows glorious like the cross." Victor Hugo "recoil[ed] with horror" that "this liberator, this fighter for Christ . . . is to die slaughtered by the American Republic."Virginia Historical Society, 2009. 84 pages, Softcover, ISBN 978-0-945015-31-4, Virginia Historical Society, 2009.

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