Midnight Rising : John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War


Midnight Rising : John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

Description

Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, "Midnight Rising" portrays Brown's uprising in vivid colour, revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict. Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859, he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland, joined by his teenage daughter, three of his sons, and a guerrilla band that included former slaves and a dashing spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counter-attack led by Robert E. Lee. After Brown's capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which considered Brown a terrorist. The raid also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfil Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called "a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale."


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Details

Author(s)
Tony Horwitz
Format
Paperback | 384 pages
Dimensions
140 x 210 x 25.4mm | 349.27g
Publication date
29 Aug 2012
Publisher
Picador USA
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
Illustrations note
two maps & 53 b&w photos & illustrations throughout
ISBN10
0312429266
ISBN13
9780312429263
Bestsellers rank
92,533