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John Brown

Activist, Terrorist (9-May-1800 — 2-Dec-1859)


Laurence Greene. The Raid: A Biography of Harpers Ferry. Henry Holt. 1953.

Tony Horwitz. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War. Macmillan. 2011. 384pp.

David Karsner. John Brown: Terrible "Saint". Dodd, Mead & Company. 1934. 340pp.

Truman Nelson. The Old Man: John Brown at Harper's Ferry. New York: Holt, Rinehart, Winston. 1973. 395pp.

Stephen B. Oates. To Purge This Land with Blood: A Biography of John Brown. New York: Harper & Row. 1970. 434pp.

Peggy A. Russo; Paul Finkelman (editors). Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brown. Ohio University Press. 2005. 228pp.

Gregory Toledo. The Hanging of Old Brown: A Story of Slaves, Statesmen, and Redemption. Greenwood Publishing Group. 2002. 276pp.

Oswald Garrison Villard. John Brown, 1800-1859: A Biography Fifty Years After. New York: Houghton Mifflin. 1910. 738pp.

Hill Peebles Wilson. John Brown, Soldier of Fortune: A Critique. H. P. Wilson. 1913. 450pp.


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  2. Encyclopaedia Britannica Online [link]

  3. Wikipedia [link]

  4. Library of Congress Name Authority [link]

  5. Encyclopedia of American Biography (p.139)

  6. Chambers Biographical Dictionary, 5th Edition (p.213)

  7. Webster's American Biographies (p.143)

  8. The Oxford Companion to American Literature, 5th Edition (p.103)

  9. Benet's Readers Encyclopedia, 4th Edition (p.140)

  10. Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography (p.93)

  11. Hutchinson Paperback Dictionary of Biography (p.74)

  12. Concise Biographical Dictionary of Famous Men and Women (p.70)

  13. Concise Dictionary of American Biography (p.113)

  14. Legends in Their Own Time (p.35)

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