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John Brown

By: W. E. B. Du Bois

John Brown is a biography written by W. E. B. Du Bois about the abolitionist John Brown. Published in 1909, it tells the story of John Brown, from his Christian rural upbringing, to his failed business ventures and finally his "blood feud" with the institution of slavery as a whole. Its moral symbolizes the significance and impact of a white abolitionist at the time, a sign of threat for white slave owners and those who believed that only blacks were behind the idea of freeing slaves.

John Brown was an abolitionist, who believed in the immediate end of slavery in the United States. He led a raid on the federal armory at Harpers Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1859, with the goal of starting a slave rebellion. The raid failed and Brown and his followers were arrested. Brown was subsequently tried and convicted of treason, murder, and inciting a slave insurrection, and was sentenced to death. His execution on December 2, 1859, was widely covered in the press and further polarized the country on the issue of slavery, which would ultimately lead to the American Civil War.

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W. E. B. Du Bois

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William Edward Burghardt Du Bois was an American sociologist, socialist, historian, and Pan-Africanist civil rights activist. Born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, Du Bois grew up in a relatively t...

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