By Tony Horwitz
A New York Times impressive ebook for 2011A Library magazine Top Ten top Books of 2011A Boston Globe BestNonfiction e-book of 2011Bestselling writer Tony Horwitz tells the electrifying story of the bold rebellion that placed the United States at the route to bloody warPlotted in mystery, introduced at nighttime, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was once a pivotal second in U.S. heritage. yet few american citizens recognize the genuine tale of the boys and ladies who introduced a determined strike on the slaveholding South. Now, Midnight emerging portrays Brown's rebellion in vibrant colour, revealing a rustic close to explosive conflict.Brown, the descendant of latest England Puritans, observed slavery as a sin opposed to America's founding rules. not like such a lot abolitionists, he was once keen to absorb hands, and in 1859 he ready for conflict at a hideout in Maryland, joined through his teenage daughter, 3 of his sons, and a guerrilla band that integrated former slaves and a rushing undercover agent. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, beautiful the state and prompting a counterattack led through Robert E. Lee. After Brown's seize, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which thought of Brown a terrorist. The raid additionally helped pick Abraham Lincoln, who later started to satisfy Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a degree he known as "a John Brown raid, on a huge scale."Tony Horwitz's riveting publication travels antebellum the United States to bring either a taut historic drama and a telling portrait of a kingdom divided'a time that also resonates in ours.
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