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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War (original: 2011; edição: 2011)

de Tony Horwitz

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In this book the author tells the tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war. 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, this work portrays Brown's uprising 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 spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counterattack 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 fulfill Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called "a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale." This book travels antebellum America to deliver both a historical drama and a telling portrait of a nation divided, a time that still resonates in ours.… (mais)
Membro:joshlarson
Título:Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War
Autores:Tony Horwitz
Informação:Henry Holt and Co. (2011), Hardcover, 384 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca, Read
Avaliação:*****
Etiquetas:Non-Fiction, Civil War

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Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War de Tony Horwitz (2011)

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The planning, the execution and the aftermath of John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry; a very readable account of a pivotal event and a fascinating, courageous man. ( )
  gbelik | Mar 5, 2018 |
I'm not sure but this book just wasn't one that I was interested in. I listened to the audio book and still didn't find it all that interesting. This book was for our book club and even though we haven't met yet a lot of the members felt it was like reading a text book. ( )
  crazy4reading | Sep 10, 2017 |
My grandfather grew up in Osawatomie, Kansas during the Great Depression, and his recollection was that John Brown was a crazy loon. No doubt this was the consensus gossip from generations of townsfolk still living in the area. After reading Tony Horwitz's Midnight Rising, I now understand why people believe this about John Brown, but to label him crazy is much too simplistic for a deeply complex man whose upbringing was the perfect intersection of time, place and temperament. As asinine as Brown's plans were and wrong-headed his execution, the outcome caused a stir and quite possibly brought the issue of slavery, and with it civil war, to a reckoning years and decades sooner than if John Brown had never existed.

That's a complicated legacy. But it's also why I love history. It's never about Good vs Evil. Save that for the storybooks. No, history is about incentives, prejudice and power. We are who we are because of who our ancestors were. To ignore the truth, or to insist it have a shiny gloss, is a disservice to ourselves. ( )
1 vote Daniel.Estes | Oct 18, 2016 |
Tony Horwitz, one of my favorite authors, presents a compelling history of John Brown and his followers and the keystone event of their raid on Harpers Ferry. Brown's life and family are discussed from childhood, to his involvement in Utopian abolition movements, and their targeted assassinations of pro-slavery advocates in "Bleeding Kansas." It's eerie that the rhetoric and tactics of Brown and his followers while targeting the noble cause of abolition still resemble those of today's Tea Party/2nd Amendment activists.The raid on Harpers Ferry took considerable planning and secrecy, although curiously it is uncertain what result Brown expected. Did he really expect it to spark a nation-wide uprising, or did he intend a blood sacrifice? Similarly, his changes in tactics during the raid itself contradict the planning. What's interesting is that while the raid was widely condemned, even by ardent abolitionists, Brown's real influence came in his words and letters while in jail and on trial. Even people who despised Brown and all he stood for came to admire his bravery and determination. Horwitz's book is an interesting account on this key event in American history and the ripples it would have throughout the country. ( )
1 vote Othemts | May 21, 2015 |
Tale of John Brown and the life and social/political contemporary events that led him to lead his ill-fated raid on Harper's Ferry. Unusual for Horowitz in his lack of a travelogue, this is a pure history book of a man who is portrayed in our current world as a wild-eyed, wild haired lunatic carrying a gun. The story of John Brown is so much more than that, and Horowitz tells this story with aplomb and commitment. ( )
  cyclops1771 | Nov 11, 2014 |
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Horwitz, an exceptionally skilled and accomplished journalist — his best, and best known, book is “Confederates in the Attic” (1998) — here turns his hand to pure history with admirable results. “Midnight Rising” is smoothly written, thoroughly researched, places Brown within the context of his time and place, and treats him sensitively but scarcely adoringly.
 

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In this book the author tells the tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war. 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, this work portrays Brown's uprising 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 spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counterattack 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 fulfill Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called "a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale." This book travels antebellum America to deliver both a historical drama and a telling portrait of a nation divided, a time that still resonates in ours.

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