The Colored Hero of Harpers Ferry

This is the first and only biography of one of John Brown's African American comrades, John Anthony Copeland.

Author: Steven Lubet

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107076021

Category: History

Page: 282

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This is the first and only biography of one of John Brown's African American comrades, John Anthony Copeland.

America s Good Terrorist

For Brown's role in the strife in Kansas during the1850s, see Thomas Goodrich's War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, ... of Brown's men in The “Colored Hero” of Harpers Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War Against Slavery (2015).

Author: Charles P. Poland

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 1612009263

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 336

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A biography of John Brown, examining his failed raid on Harpers Ferry, and the part his actions played in causing the Civil War. John Brown’s failed efforts at Harpers Ferry have left an imprint upon our history, and his story still swirls in controversy. Was he a madman who felt his violent solution to slavery was ordained by Providence or a heroic freedom fighter who tried to liberate the downtrodden slave? These polar opposite characterizations of the violent abolitionist have captivated Americans. The prevailing view from the time of the raid to well into the twentieth century—that his actions were the product of an unbalanced mind—has shifted to the idea that he committed courageous acts to undo a terrible injustice. Despite the differences between modern terrorist acts and Brown’s own violent acts, when Brown’s characteristics are compared to the definition of terrorism as set forth by scholars of terrorism, he fits the profile. Nevertheless, today Brown is a martyred hero who gave his life attempting to terminate the evil institution of human bondage. The modern view of Brown has unintentionally made him a “good terrorist,” despite the repugnance of terrorism that makes the thought of a benevolent or good terrorist an oxymoron. This biography covers Brown’s background and the context to his decision to carry out the raid, a detailed narrative of the raid and its consequences for both those involved and America; and an exploration of the changing characterization of Brown since his death. “Serves as both a description of the events surrounding the raid in mid-October 1869 and as a character study of the abolitionist leader John Brown.” —Argunners

Force and Freedom

revisionist account of Brown, To Purge This Land with Blood: A Biography of John Brown. ... The “Colored Hero” of Harper's Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War Against Slavery (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015), ...

Author: Kellie Carter Jackson


ISBN: 0812224701


Page: 224

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In Force and Freedom, Kellie Carter Jackson provides the first historical analysis exclusively focused on the tactical use of violence among antebellum black activists. Through tactical violence, argues Carter Jackson, abolitionist leaders created the conditions that necessitated the Civil War.

The Invention of Terrorism in Europe Russia and the United States

of Brown's sons - arrived one after the other over a period of several weeks at the Kennedy farm in Maryland , a ... and Steven Lubet , The Colored Hero ' of Harpers Ferry : John Anthony Copeland and the War against Slavery ( New York ...

Author: Carola Dietze

Publisher: Verso Books

ISBN: 1786637197

Category: Political Science

Page: 656

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Terrorism's roots in Western Europe and the USA This book examines key cases of terrorist violence to show that the invention of terrorism was linked to the birth of modernity in Europe, Russia and the United States, rather than to Tsarist despotism in 19th century Russia or to Islam sects in Medieval Persia. Combining a highly readable historical narrative with analysis of larger issues in social and political history, the author argues that the dissemination of news about terrorist violence was at the core of a strategy that aimed for political impact on rulers as well as the general public. Dietze's lucid account also reveals how the spread of knowledge about terrorist acts was, from the outset, a transatlantic process. Two incidents form the book's centerpiece. The first is the failed attempt to assassinate French Emperor Napoléon III by Felice Orsini in 1858, in an act intended to achieve Italian unity and democracy. The second case study offers a new reading of John Brown's raid on the arsenal at Harpers Ferry in 1859, as a decisive moment in the abolitionist struggle and occurrences leading to the American Civil War. Three further examples from Germany, Russia, and the US are scrutinized to trace the development of the tactic by first imitators. With their acts of violence, the "invention" of terrorism was completed. Terrorism has existed as a tactic since then and has essentially only been adapted through the use of new technologies and methods.

The Untold Story of Shields Green

... of a Harper's Ferry Raider Louis A. Decaro Jr. Leech, Samuel V. The Raid of John Brown at Harpers Ferry as I Saw It. [Washington, D.C.?]: ... The “Colored Hero” of Harper's Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War against Slavery.

Author: Louis A. Decaro, Jr.

Publisher: NYU Press

ISBN: 1479816701

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 248

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Explores the life of Shields Green, one of the Black men who followed John Brown to Harper’s Ferry in 1859 When John Brown decided to raid the federal armory in Harper’s Ferry as the starting point of his intended liberation effort in the South, some closest to him thought it was unnecessary and dangerous. Frederick Douglass, a pioneering abolitionist, refused Brown’s invitation to join him in Virginia, believing that the raid on the armory was a suicide mission. Yet in front of Douglass, “Emperor” Shields Green, a fugitive from South Carolina, accepted John Brown’s invitation. When the raid failed, Emperor was captured with the rest of Brown’s surviving men and hanged on December 16, 1859. “Emperor” Shields Green was a critical member of John Brown’s Harper’s Ferry raiders but has long been overlooked. Louis DeCaro, Jr., a veteran scholar of John Brown, presents the first effort to tell Emperor’s story based upon extensive research, restoring him to his rightful place in this fateful raid at the origin of the American Civil War. Starting from his birth in Charleston, South Carolina, Green’s life as an abolitionist freedom-fighter, whose passion for the liberation of his people outweighed self-preservation, is extensively detailed in this compact history. In The Untold Story of Shields Green, Emperor pushes back against racism and injustice and stands in his rightful place as an antislavery figure alongside Frederick Douglass and John Brown.

The Princeton Fugitive Slave

Princetonians, 1791–1794: A Biographical Dictionary. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 2016. Lubet, Steven. The “Colored Hero” of Harpers Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War against Slavery.

Author: Lolita Buckner Inniss

Publisher: Fordham Univ Press

ISBN: 0823285359

Category: Law

Page: 263

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A study of the life of a Maryland slave, his escape to freedom in New Jersey, and the trials that ensued. James Collins Johnson made his name by escaping slavery in Maryland and fleeing to Princeton, New Jersey, where he built a life in a bustling community of African Americans working at what is now Princeton University. After only four years, he was recognized by a student from Maryland, arrested, and subjected to a trial for extradition under the 1793 Fugitive Slave Act. On the eve of his rendition, after attempts to free Johnson by force had failed, a local aristocratic white woman purchased Johnson’s freedom, allowing him to avoid re-enslavement. The Princeton Fugitive Slave reconstructs James Collins Johnson’s life, from birth and enslaved life in Maryland to his daring escape, sensational trial for re-enslavement, and last-minute change of fortune, and through to the end of his life in Princeton, where he remained a figure of local fascination. Stories of Johnson’s life in Princeton often describe him as a contented, jovial soul, beloved on campus and memorialized on his gravestone as “The Students Friend.” But these familiar accounts come from student writings and sentimental recollections in alumni reports—stories from elite, predominantly white, often southern sources whose relationships with Johnson were hopelessly distorted by differences in race and social standing. In interrogating these stories against archival records, newspaper accounts, courtroom narratives, photographs, and family histories, author Lolita Buckner Inniss builds a picture of Johnson on his own terms, piecing together the sparse evidence and disaggregating him from the other black vendors with whom he was sometimes confused. By telling Johnson’s story and examining the relationship between antebellum Princeton’s Black residents and the economic engine that supported their community, the book questions the distinction between employment and servitude that shrinks and threatens to disappear when an individual’s freedom is circumscribed by immobility, lack of opportunity, and contingency on local interpretations of a hotly contested body of law. Praise for The Princeton Fugitive Slave “Fascinating historical detective work . . . Deeply researched, the book overturns any lingering idea that Princeton was a haven from the broader society. Johnson had to cope with the casual racism of students, occasional eruptions of racial violence in town and the ubiquitous use of the N-word by even the supposedly educated. This book contributes to our understanding of slavery’s legacy today.” —Shane White, author of Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street's First Black Millionaire “Collectively, Inniss’s work provides an exciting model for future scholars of slavery and labor. Perhaps most importantly, Inniss skillfully and compassionately restores Johnson's voice to his own historical narrative.” —G. Patrick O'Brien, H-Slavery

Writing Freedom into Narratives of Racial Injustice in Virginia s Shenandoah Valley

The “Colored Hero” of Harpers Ferry: John Anthony Copeland and the War Against Slavery. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2015. Hofstra, Warren. The Planting of New Virginia. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Author: Ann Denkler

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 152756097X

Category: History

Page: 174

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Far too many towns and cities across the United States continue to deny the history of the interstate trade of enslaved men, women, and children, and are resistant to recognizing sites associated with enslavement. The Shenandoah Valley of Virginia is one of these regions, and its historical texts and public history sites perpetuate the racist belief that enslaved individuals were not a factor in the establishment and history of this region because the census numbers in the antebellum era were ‘low’. In the case of the valley, myriad discourses have created a false story of the non-presence of African Americans that, as it became increasingly replicated, became more and more thought of as the truth. This book refocuses the study of enslavement and African-American history on the narratives of two individuals who were enslaved in the valley region, Bethany Veney and the distinctively named John Quincy Adams, to help build upon the nascent scholarship of valley enslavement and emancipation. By privileging the narratives, it asserts that enslaved individuals were astute, self-conscious historians who knew that they were forging a literary style, but also amending the historical record that had kept them absent. The book advocates the unearthing of a more complete and equitable American past, but also pushes for an interrogation of how and why false mythological pasts have been constructed and examines the legacies these myths have left behind.

African American History

Based on what you know about John Brown and his raid on Harpers Ferry , do you believe that he was a hero , a crazed ... Brown's raid and the attendant publicity surrounding the event have on the course of the nation toward civil war ?

Author: Paul Finkelman

Publisher: Salem Press


Category: African Americans

Page: 2100

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The fourth publication in the award-winning, critically acclaimed Milestone Documents sereis, Milestone Documents in African American History explores the fundamental primary sources in African American history. This four-volume set covers 135 iconic primary documents from the 1600's to the present. Each entry offers the full text of the document in question as well as an in-depth, analytical essay that places the document in its historical context.

Negro Americans in the Civil War

Copeland is quoted by the Baltimore Sun as saying on his way to the gallows , “ If I am dying for freedom , I could not die for a better cause — I had rather die than be a slave . ” Reverence for John Brown among free Negroes in the ...

Author: Charles Harris Wesley



Category: African Americans

Page: 307

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