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John Brown: One Man Against Slavery
Martyr or fanatic--who was John Brown? Author Gwen Everett explores the life of the legendary abolitionist who raided the U.S. Government Arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Brown's sincere belief that God created everyone equal drove him to challenge slavery at all costs--his own life, if necesarry. Full color.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published April 15th 1993 by Rizzoli International Publications
(first published 1993)
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This is a very serious book told from the perspective of John Brown's 16 year old daughter, Annie. Although it is a picture book, I placed it in Intermediate because it talks of John Brown's execution, his religiosity, and his strong beliefs that slavery is wrong and could only be ended in America with bloodshed. Also, the vocabulary used and amount of text is more advanced. The paintings that accompany this book are from a collection owned by the Detroit Institute of Arts. They are powerful, su ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Amy Edwards rated it really liked it
I like to read this picture book when we study John Brown. The illustrations are stylized, but fitting. The text is informative and gives a good spring-board for discussing the ethics that surround John Brown's actions.
Legendary abolitionist John Brown's raid electrified the nation and brought us closer to civil war. In this book Annie Brown daughter of the abolitionists struggles with the question: if her father's methods were right in his pursuit for freedom and an end to slavery.