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John Brown is an endlessly fascinating historical figure. Here are two classic studies by a pioneer in African American studies, one about the place of John Brown in African American history, the other about the reasons for the unique esteem in which he has been held by successive generations of blacks.This two-in-one edition features a new introduction by William S. McFee ...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published February 8th 2001 by Da Capo Press (first published 1972)
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Emily
A careful study of John Brown's organizing work as a militant abolitionist. Quarles explores the search for affinity groups and individuals, and Brown's challenging transitions from planning/discussion to direct action and back again. This book refutes the mainstream 'lone terrorist/nutter' narrative typically attached to the events at Harper's Ferry.

Quarles also confronts the key what-If scenario (What if more abolitionist leaders had joined Brown's raid?) with a refreshing emphasis on the per
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Rob Charpentier
John Brown is a fascinating subject of American history, if not a tad controversial of a subject even to this day. Was he an insane terrorist or a divine martyr? Although the use of violence today is generally looked down upon as a way to achieve a means to an end it is rarely questioned when the cause is just and John Brown's personal quest to bringing about the end of slavery can easily be considered among them. However, his noble if not somewhat misguided attempt to inspire as well as arm a s ...more
Brian
Dec 24, 2007 Brian rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people seeking insight on what contemporary Black leaders thought of John Brown
The retelling of the narrative of John Brown's life was not as complete or nuanced as DuBois' biography of Brown. The highlight of this text definitely the numerous primary documents from numerous and politically varied contemporary Black activists and leaders. This provided a look into the political discourse of the time and the tremendous respect and appreciation of the courage and determination of Brown. It was also revealing to see the rapid backpedalling of abolitionists who had once been e ...more
Anna
Very informative
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Quarles was born in Boston, Massachusetts. His father was a subway porter. He married twice, first to Vera Bullock Quarles, who died in 1951, and second to Ruth Brett Quarles. He had two daughters, Pamela and Roberta.

In his Twenties, Quarles enrolled at Shaw University and received his B.A. degree in 1931, M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1933, and Ph.D. in 1940. He worked a
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