John Brown

His Fight for Freedom

By Hendrix, John

Publishers Summary:
Published on the 150th anniversary of John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry, this biography explores the life of one of American history’s most controversial figures. A great deal of academic study has been published recently about John Brown. This is the first book for young readers to include these new attitudes and research. In the late 1850s, at a time when many men and women spoke out against slavery, few had the same impact as John Brown, the infamous white abolitionist who backed his beliefs with unstoppable action. His dedication to freeing the American slaves made him one of the most recognizable leaders in the liberation movement to end slavery. Told through engaging, thoughtful narration and bold, dynamic illustrations, John Brown: His Fight for Freedom is a fitting reminder that all men and women are created equal, and that some things are worth fighting for. The book includes an author’s note, a bibliography, and an index. F&P level: U

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ISBN
978-0-81093-798-7
Publisher
Abrams


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

Gr 4-8 John Brown is a larger-than-life figure in Hendrix's bold pen-and-ink drawings washed in acrylic. The historical account begins with a somewhat terse explanation of Brown's beliefs and respect for his "free black neighbors." Hendrix discusses the array of attitudes about slavery in the 1840s. He goes on to describe Brown's growing passion as the Kansas-Nebraska Act stirred up the controversy and he met Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman, who responded differently to his militant stand. Though the book is laid ou...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

Let's face it: when John Brown stormed Harpers Ferry, he earned the historical reputation as a crazed zealot sacrificing his rag-tag army for his own fanaticism. Hendrix shifts his biography away from this view, showing how Brown's growing militarism began with a wish for all races to be treated equally, exploded in violence as Kansas bled with slavers and free-staters fighting o...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

Hendrix shows how Brown's growing militarism began with a wish for all races to be treated equally. He's presented as a larger-than-lif...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

- A refreshingly even-handed take on a major historical figure. - Immerses the reader in the time period and conveys the passions that drove each side of the slavery question. - Stunning, vib...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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