Patriotic Treason

John Brown and the Soul of America
CD - unabridged
Audio (13 discs)
Product Number: DD20546
Released: Dec 01, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400103164
Narrator/s: Michael Prichard
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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John Brown is a lightning rod of history. Yet he is poorly understood and most commonly described in stereotypes - as a madman, martyr, or enigma. Not until Patriotic Treason has a biography or history brought him so fully to life, in scintillating prose and moving detail, making his life and legacy-and the staggering sacrifices he made for his ideals-fascinatingly relevant to today's issues of social justice and to defining the line between activism and terrorism. Vividly re-creating the world in which Brown and his compatriots lived with a combination of scrupulous original research, new perspectives, and a sensitive historical imagination, Patriotic Treason narrates the dramatic life of the first U.S. citizen committed to absolute racial equality. Here are his friendships (Brown lived, worked, ate, and fought alongside African Americans, in defiance of the culture around him), his family (he turned his twenty children by two wives into a dedicated militia), and his ideals (inspired by the Declaration of Independence and the Golden Rule, he collaborated with black leaders such as Frederick Douglass, Martin Delany, and Harriet Tubman to overthrow slavery). Evan Carton captures the complex, tragic, and provocative story of Brown the committed abolitionist, Brown the tender yet demanding and often absent father and husband, and Brown the radical American patriot who attacked the American state in the name of American principles. Through new research into archives, attention to overlooked family letters, and reinterpretation of documents and events, Carton essentially reveals a missing link in American history. A wrenching family saga, Patriotic Treason positions John Brown at the heart of our most profound and enduring national debates. As definitions of patriotism and treason are fiercely contested, as some criticize religious extremism while others mourn religion's decline, and as race relations in America remain unresolved, John Brown's story speaks to us as never before, reminding us that one courageous individual can change the course of history.

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Author(s): Evan Carton
Narrator(s): Michael Prichard
Product Number Z10004426
Released: Dec 01, 2006
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400123162
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Author(s): Evan Carton
Product Number EB00572855
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Atria Books
ISBN: #9780743293853

Professional reviews

"John Brown's zeal, as conveyed by Michael Prichard, is understated as he delivers the steady cadence of Carton's biography. Opening with the tragic events at Harper's Ferryâ where Brown sought to launch a large-scale rebellion against slavery, then delving into Brown's youth, education, marriages, and fatherhood (of 20 children), Prichard's narration depicts his character's evolution from tanner and Underground Railroad supporter to radical abolitionist. Prichard's attempt to sing hymns voiced by Brown's first wife is one of the few off-putting moments in a steady-voiced narration. Even with full knowledge of the story's end and the tar-and-feathering of Brown's character by history books, the listener remains riveted. D.P.D. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine"

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