Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown Edward J. Renehan Jr.

ISBN: 9781570031816

Published: April 1st 1997

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324 pages


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Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown  by  Edward J. Renehan Jr.

Secret Six: The True Tale of the Men Who Conspired with John Brown by Edward J. Renehan Jr.
April 1st 1997 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 324 pages | ISBN: 9781570031816 | 10.33 Mb

Most Americans know that John Browns raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia - a raid he believed would ignite a bloody slave revolution - was one of the events that sparked the Civil War. But very few know the story of how Brown was covertly aided by aMoreMost Americans know that John Browns raid on Harpers Ferry, Virginia - a raid he believed would ignite a bloody slave revolution - was one of the events that sparked the Civil War.

But very few know the story of how Brown was covertly aided by a circle of prosperous and privileged Northeasterners who supplied him with money and weapons, and, before the raid, even hid him in their homes while authorities sought Brown on a murder charge.

These men called themselves the Secret Six. The Secret Six included Thomas Wentworth Higginson, minister, author, and editor of the Atlantic Monthly- Samuel Howe, world-famous physician- Theodore Parker, the Unitarian minister whose rhetoric helped shape Lincolns Gettysburg Address- Franklin Sanborn, an educator and close friend of Emerson and Thoreau- and the immensely wealthy Gerrit Smith and George Luther Stearns.

The existence of the Six has been known to scholars, but there has never been a book devoted to them. Now, drawing on archives from Boston to Kansas, Edward J. Renehan, Jr., has created a vivid portrait of this unlikely cabal, showing how six pillars of the establishment came to believe that armed conflict was necessary in order to purge the United States of a government-sanctioned evil, slavery. The messianic zealot Brown - also 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.



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