John Brown

John Brown

His Fight for Freedom

Book - 2009
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Published on the 150th anniversary of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, this biography explores the life of one of American history's most controversial figures. A great deal of academic study has been published recently about John Brown. This is the first book for young readers to include these new attitudes and research.
In the late 1850s, at a time when many men and women spoke out against slavery, few had the same impact as John Brown, the infamous white abolitionist who backed his beliefs with unstoppable action. His dedication to freeing the American slaves made him one of the most recognizable leaders in the liberation movement to end slavery.
Told through engaging, thoughtful narration and bold, dynamic illustrations, John Brown: His Fight for Freedom is a fitting reminder that all men and women are created equal, and that some things are worth fighting for. The book includes an author's note, a bibliography, and an index.   F&P level: U
Publisher: New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2009
ISBN: 9780810937987
Branch Call Number: JB B8136H 2009
Characteristics: 39 pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm


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May 14, 2020

After reading and loving "The Faithful Spy," I decided to look for more works by John Hendrix. For me, this book helps address the border war myths that have swirled around me since my move to Missouri many years ago. The conflict which rose up during the mid-19th century is now more of a simmer and rears its ugly head more often in an athletic context. For those who are natives, it seems to be in their very DNA. The graphics showing the free state controversy when Kansas became a state was most definitely my favorite. I would definitely share this book with middle grades and up in a classroom setting when studying the Civil War. Frederick Douglass may not have been in total agreement with John Brown's plans for Harper's Ferry, but General Tubman was. I don't think it is well known just how many raids Harriet Tubman made on plantations to liberate slaves. It was messy! John Brown was a passionate man and he fought for freedom in ways that many of us do not agree with in our 21st century world. As Hendrix mentions in the Author's Note: "We should remember John Brown because he was not afraid to fight for the freedom of an oppressed people to whom he did not belong." Finally, words from John Brown himself: "I will raise a storm in this country that will not be stayed so long as there is a slave on its soil."


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