LibraryCategory: Biographies

John Brown Speaks: Letters and Statements from Charlestown
Louis DeCaro, Jr., 2015
This collection of writings by John Brown in the fateful days after his raid on Harper’s Ferry showcase the depth of conviction of Brown’s character. Paired with Louis DeCaro’s narrative of the aftermath, trial, and execution […]
Freedom’s Dawn: The Last Days of John Brown in Virginia
Louis DeCaro, Jr., 2015
John Brown’s failed raid on the federal armory in Harper’s Ferry Virginia served as a vital precursor to the Civil War, but its importance to the struggle for justice is free standing and exceptional in the […]
The Old Man: John Brown at Harper’s Ferry
Truman Nelson, 2009
“Truman Nelson’s biography of John Brown is a refreshing and eloquent corrective to the common misconceptions about the character and actions of this extraordinary American hero.”—Howard Zinn On October 16, 1859, John Brown led a historic […]
John Brown
W. E. B. Du Bois, 2014
A moving cultural biography of abolitionist martyr John Brown, by one of the most important African-American intellectuals of the twentieth century. In the history of slavery and its legacy, John Brown looms large as a hero […]
The Life, trial, and execution of Captain John Brown, known as “Old Brown of Ossawatomie,” with a full account of the attempted insurrection at Harper’s Ferry
Robert M. Dewitt, 1859
The life, trial and execution of Captain John Brown: Capt. John Brown ; His personal appearance ; John Brown’s business engagements ; John Brown as a farmer ; John Brown in Kansas — Facts and rumors […]
The ‘Colored Hero’ of Harper’s Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War against Slavery
Steven Lubet, 2015
On the night of Sunday, October 16, 1859, hoping to bring about the eventual end of slavery, radical abolitionist John Brown launched an armed attack at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Among his troops, there were only five […]
John Brown’s Raid on Harpers Ferry: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford Series in History and Culture)
Jonathan Earle, 2008
Despised and admired during his life and after his execution, the abolitionist John Brown polarized the nation and remains one of the most controversial figures in U.S. history. His 1859 raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia, failed […]