The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom

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Gifted storyteller and bestselling historian H. W. Brands narrates the epic combat over slavery as embodied by means of John Brown and Abraham Lincoln—two males moved to radically other acts to confront our country’s gravest sin.
 
John Brown was once a charismatic and deeply non secular guy who heard the God of the Old Testament chatting with him, telling him to damage slavery in any respect. When Congress opened Kansas territory to slavery in 1854, Brown raised a band of fans to salary conflict. His males tore pro-slavery settlers from their properties and hacked them to loss of life with broadswords. Three years later, Brown and his males assaulted the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, hoping to arm slaves with guns for a race conflict that will cleanse the country of slavery.

Brown’s violence pointed formidable Illinois attorney and previous officeholder Abraham Lincoln towards a unique option to slavery: politics. Lincoln spoke cautiously and dreamed large, plotting his trail again to Washington and in all probability to the White House. Yet his warning may no longer give protection to him from the vortex of violence Brown had set in movement. After Brown’s arrest, his righteous dignity on the gallows led many within the North to peer him as a martyr to liberty. Southerners answered with anger and horror to a terrorist being made right into a saint. Lincoln shrewdly threaded the needle between the opposing voices of the fractured country and gained election as president. But the time for moderation had handed, and Lincoln’s fervent trust that democracy may unravel its ethical crises peacefully confronted its final take a look at.

The Zealot and the Emancipator
is acclaimed historian H. W. Brands’s exciting and page-turning account of ways two American giants formed the conflict for freedom.



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