HISTORY BOOK CLUB at the Jackson Homestead and Museum
June 26, 2014
Join the book club in reading and discussing Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War, by Tony Horwitz. A New York Times Notable Book for 2011, Midnight Rising traces John Brown's history, from his youth in Ohio, where upon witnessing the brutal beating of a slave he swore "eternal war with slavery," through the bloody wars in Kansas, and finally to Harpers Ferry, where after seizing the arsenal, he liberated slaves and took hostage a number of slaveholders. After a bloody battle, Brown and several of his followers were captured by federal troops, tried, and hanged on December 2, 1859. Prominent Northerners like Emerson and Thoreau called Brown a peerless martyr who had died in a noble effort to free the slaves. Southerners had other views: fanatical, murderous, and insane. Horwitz seeks to figure which, if any, was right, and the implications for Brown's acts.
The book club is free and open to all; new members are welcome.
At the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street, Newton 02458.