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    HISTORY BOOK CLUB at the Jackson Homestead and Museum

    Presented by at Historic Newton

    June 26, 2014


    HISTORY BOOK CLUB at the Jackson Homestead and Museum

    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.

    Historic Newton

    527 Washington Street
    Newton, MA 02458

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