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John Brown and the Era of Literary Confrontation

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John Brown and the Era of Literary Confrontation by Michael Stoneham
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Radical abolitionist and freedom-fighter John Brown inspired literary America to confrontation during his short but dramatic career as a public figure in antebellum America. Emerging from obscurity during the violent struggle to determine how Kansas would enter the Union in 1856, John Brown captured the imagination of the most prominent Eastern literary figures following his dramatic, though failed raid on Harper's Ferry. Impressed by Brown's forthright defense of his attempt to initiate the end of slavery, Whittier, Whitman, Melville, Longfellow, and Howells responded to the abolitionist with poetic tributes suggesting that Brown was a liberating hero, while Emerson and Thoreau celebrated his effort to inspire the nation to a new moral awareness of the common humanity of all men. Responses, however, were not uniform, as these and other figures debated the merits and meanings of Brown's actions. This exceptional book sheds new light on how John Brown inspired America's most significant intellects to take a public stand against the inertia of moral compromise and social degeneracy, bringing the nation to the brink of civil war.

Author Biography

Michael Stoneham is an Academy Professor in the Department of English at the United States Military Academy.
Release date Australia
April 23rd, 2009
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Routledge
Pages
228
Dimensions
152x229x20
ISBN-13
9780415996822
Product ID
3035901

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