New PDF release: Books that Changed America

By Robert B. Downs

ISBN-10: 0451611039

ISBN-13: 9780451611031

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Once she happened to be carrying a newspaper, which she pretended to read. Since her master knew her to be illiterate, he did not look more closely. Another time she was carrying live chickens when she spotted someone who knew her. She dropped the birds and made a big fuss over chasing them down, thereby hiding her face. She said that on another occasion she remained unidentified because, having lived in the North and no 28 SLAVERY AND THE COMING OF WAR longer working in the fields, she had become a shade or two lighter in color.

In 1859 many Northerners separated Brown’s means from his ends and disapproved one while approving the other. But in the post-9/11 world it is not so easy to separate means and ends. ” Indeed, McVeigh and antiabortionists have invoked the precedent of John Brown. ”39 Was John Brown a terrorist? For James N. Gilbert, an expert on criminal justice and author of an essay in Terrible Swift Sword, the answer is yes. Brown was “undoubtedly a terrorist to his core,” Gilbert writes. ” Another essay in the same anthology, however, by the political scientist Scott John Hammond, makes the provocative suggestion that if John Brown was a terrorist, so was Robert E.

She said that on another occasion she remained unidentified because, having lived in the North and no 28 SLAVERY AND THE COMING OF WAR longer working in the fields, she had become a shade or two lighter in color. Since several Northern acquaintances described her as “coal black,” however, this story seems dubious—and the others not much less so. Most often, when asked how she could lead frightened fugitives through a hundred miles of slave territory, overcoming fatigue and her own physical infirmity, eluding pursuers and battling inclement weather, she simply answered: “It wasn’t me, it was the Lord!

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