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First published in 1909, W.E.B. Du Bois's biography of abolitionist John Brown is a literary and historical classic. With a rare combination of scholarship and passion, Du Bois defends Brown against all detractors who saw him as a fanatic, fiend, or traitor. Brown emerges as a rich personality, fully understandable as an unusual leader with a deeply religious outlook and a devotion to the cause of freedom for the slave.
This new edition is enriched with an introduction by John David Smith and with supporting documents relating to Du Bois's correspondence with his publisher.
Table of Contents
Chapter I Africa and America; Chapter II The Making of the Man; Chapter III The Wanderjahre; Chapter IV The Shepherd of the Sheep; Chapter V The Vision of the Damned; Chapter VI The Call of Kansas; Chapter VII The Swamp of the Swan; Chapter VIII The Great Plan; Chapter IX The Black Phalanx; Chapter X The Great Black Way; Chapter XI The Blow; Chapter XII The Riddle of the Sphinx; Chapter XIII The Legacy of John Brown;
W.E.B. DuBois, John David Smith