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History 210 Library Activities: John Brown's Raid

Library activities for Stefanie Strosnider's HIST 210-01 class, Fall 2014

John Brown's Raid - Starting Places

Start here to get the basics on who John Brown was and why he decided to raid Harper's Ferry in the first place.

Print Sources:

Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War - E 451 H77 2011

To Raise up a Nation: John Brown, Frederick Douglass and the Making of a Free Country - E 453 K55 2013

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John Brown's Raid - Southern Reaction

What was the South's reaction to John Brown? Many were unhappy, but how many felt he was representative of northern attitudes? Did any southerners sympathize? What was the political outcome among state goverments and representatives?

Print Sources:

Lincoln's Loyalists: Union Soldiers from the Confederacy - E491 C94 1992

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John Brown's Raid - Reaction among Slaves and Freedmen

How did African-Americans feel about John Brown? Do we have any records of slaves expressing an opinion?

Print Sources:

Life Upon These Shores: Looking at African-American History - FOLIO E 185 G27 2011

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John Brown's Raid - Northern Reaction

Was John Brown right to go on the warpath? Did the North agree with his actions or did most disapprove? How did northern state representatives and governors react?

Print Sources:

Our Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln, John Brown, and the Civil War Era - E 457.8 O18

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John Brown's Raid - Brown and the Abolitionists

What did Brown have to say for himself? What about his supporters?

Print Sources:

Abolition: A History of Slavery and Antislavery - HT 861 D74 2009

The Problem of Slavery in the Age of Emancipation - E 449 D24 2014

The Scorpion's Sting: Antislavery and the Coming of the Civil War - E 449 O115 2014

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