The Hanging of Old Brown: A Story of Slaves, Statesmen, and Redemption

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2002 - 276 страници

Captured by United States Marines at Harper's Ferry, Virginia, a fifty-nine year old farmer was quickly brought to trial in nearby Charlestown and convicted of three capital crimes: treason against the Commonwealth of Virginia; conspiring with slaves to rebel; and murder. In a field on the outskirts of town he was hanged before fifteen hundred soldiers. Colonel Robert E. Lee, Professor Thomas J. Jackson, and John Wilkes Booth stood watching. The Hanging of Old Brown attempts to remove the veils that separate the contemporary observer from an understanding of the events and the convictions that brought John Brown to a Virginia scaffold ready to die.

Brown struggled to find redemption for himself and his nation. His war on slavery and eventual execution would reap the whirlwinds that would herald the destruction of slavery. Beginning with events of 1776, Toledo provides the historical context of John Brown's war, enabling readers to approach this abolitionist visionary with a better understanding of the period that defined him. Toledo hopes to dispel notions that Brown was a mere fanatic or deranged militant. This work invites readers to become acquainted with a man who is, in the end, both flawed and heroic, always deliberate, and ultimately triumphant.

 

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Chains
xiii
Stars Stripes and Strange Bedfellows
19
Citizen Brown
51
There Were Secrets in Those Eyes of His
53
Deliver Me
79
Reaping Whirlwinds
95
Pale Horses and Crimson Creeks
97
Tea Room Conspiracies
127
Goodbye My Child
165
Between Heaven and Earth
183
Virginia
185
The Carpetbag
209
Redemptions
231
Epilogue
247
Bibliographical Essay
251
Index
261

Old Browns Freedom Ride
153

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GREGORY TOLEDO is a freelance researcher. He is currently director of a juvenile behavioral treatment program in Boston.

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