By W.E.B. Du Bois, David R. Roediger
A relocating cultural biography of abolitionist martyr John Brown, by means of some of the most vital African-American intellectuals of the 20 th century.
In the historical past of slavery and its legacy, John Brown looms huge as a hero whose deeds in part caused the Civil conflict. As Frederick Douglass wrote: "When John Brown stretched forth his arm ... the conflict of hands was once at hand." DuBois's biography brings Brown stirringly to lifestyles and is a ignored vintage.
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12–17. CHAPTER III THE WANDERJAHRE “Where is the promise of His coming? ” In 1819 a tall, sedate, dignified young man named John Brown was entered among the students of the Rev. , where men were prepared for Amherst College. He was beginning his years of wandering—spiritual searching for the way of life, physical wandering in the wilderness where he must earn his living. In after years he wrote to a boy: “I wish you to have some definite plan. Many seem to have none; others never stick to any that they do form.
Anderson’s account of the raid at Harper’s Ferry, as unreliable because they were partisan. Avoiding engagement on questions of analysis, Villard corrected Du Bois on a long series of quibbling points, some of which remain objects of dispute. Du Bois immediately wrote a letter to The Nation, contesting most of the quibbles, often by quoting careful language in which he had framed the points at issue in John Brown. In a protracted exchange of letters with The Nation’s editor, Paul Elmer More, Du Bois learned that the rejoinder to the review would not be published.
In wide-eyed silence John looked on and questioned, Was the boy bad or stupid? ” That the black worked and worked hard and steadily was in John’s eyes no hardship—rather a pleasure. Was not the world work? ” And what he asked, a million and a half black bondmen were asking through the land. 1The quotations in this chapter are from John Brown’s Autobiography, Sanborn, Life and Letters of John Brown, pp. 12–17. CHAPTER III THE WANDERJAHRE “Where is the promise of His coming? ” In 1819 a tall, sedate, dignified young man named John Brown was entered among the students of the Rev.