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by Edward J. Renehan Jr.
John Brown remains an elusive figure even today, nearly 150 years and who knows how many books after his . For me, the overriding impression from Renehan's narrative is that the involvement of the "secret six" with Brown was not unlike a Gilbert & Sullivan comedy.
John Brown remains an elusive figure even today, nearly 150 years and who knows how many books after his execution. But our continuing fascination for the Brown-was he a saint? a madman? a traitor? a hero?-tends to overlook the fact that his activities, both in bleeding Kansas and Harpers Ferry, were financed and supported by many aristocratic and wealthy New England abolitionists.
The constant inclusion of excerpts from these letters with their antebellum vernacular can slow the reader to a degree. However, there is no doubt the author has illuminated a powerful story of the beginnings of the Civil War that had remained in the The title tells it all.
These men called themselves the Secret Si. The messianic zealot Brown - also brilliantly portrayed-streaked across their path like a meteor. Renehan traces how the Six became involved with Brown, and how their lives were forever changed by the events at Harpers Ferry and the war they helped to start.
Edward John Renehan Jr. (born c 1956) is an American publisher, consultant, writer, and former professional musician. The Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown. ISBN 978-1570031816). John Burroughs: An American Naturalist. ISBN 978-1883789169). Commodore: The Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry was one of the events which sparked the US Civil War. This study looks at the group of Northern aristocrats who covertly aided Brown, convinced that armed conflict was necessary to purge the United States of the d evil of slavery.
By EDWARD J. RENEHAN, JR. New York: Crown Publishers, 1995. Readers will not discover in this book any deep thesis about the nature of the sectional crisis; the six abolitionists had grown weary of finding a political expedient to the end of slavery and, convinced that the slave power was growing in the nation, eagerly backed the monomaniac Brown when he appealed to them for financial assistance in his crusade.
Personal Name: Renehan, Edward, 1956-. Includes bibliographical references (p. 300-302) and index. Personal Name: Brown, John, 1800-1859 Friends and associates. Geographic Name: Harpers Ferry (W. V. History John Brown's Raid, 1859. Uncontrolled Name: Secret 6. YouTube Encyclopedic. The Lion's Pride: Theodore Roosevelt and his Family in Peace and War (New York: Oxford University Press, 1998).
Edward J. is the author of John Burroughs: An American Naturalist and a contributor to the American Scholar and other publications. He lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. Renehan admirably works himself into the inner circle of these would-be conspirators for good. -Garry Wills, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lincoln at Gettysburg.
Renehan (John Burroughs: An American Naturalist, 1992) .
Renehan (John Burroughs: An American Naturalist, 1992) doesn't tackle the paradoxes of Brown's character head-on. Instead, he chronicles the maneuvers and schemes of the northern intelligentsia who supported ""Old Brown"" as he cobbled together a ragtag army to fight his holy war on slavery. Suspicion and self-preservation were characteristic of the six principals, who ran the gamut from impoverished ministers to millionaires.