To Raise Up A Nation: John Brown, Frederick Douglass, And The Making Of A Free Country

56ad7bb31ab3f.jpg Author William S. King
Isbn 9781594161919
File size 6 MB
Year 2013
Pages 664
Language English
File format EPUB
Category History

Book Description:

Independent scholar King has written an ambitious, wide-ranging account of the struggle against slavery waged from the bottom up by abolitionists, white and black, and a variety of activities by committed citizens and nongovernmental organizations. The early part of the narrative emphasizes the relationship between John Brown and Frederick Douglass, and King’s portrayal of Brown is particularly sympathetic, depicting him as a passionate fighter more complex than the wild-eyed fanatic described by his enemies. As expected, Douglass is seen as brilliant, dedicated, and most important, effective. King views the recruitment and fighting prowess of black regiments as critical to the Union victories in the closing years of the Civil War. This rambling and sometimes uneven saga succeeds in paying tribute to those men, some of whom labored in obscurity, who helped purge the nation of its “original sin.” --Jay Freeman


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