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The Tie That Bound Us: The Women of John Brown's Family and the Legacy of Radical Abolitionism

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz


John Brown was fiercely committed to the militant abolitionist cause, a crusade that culminated in Brown's raid on the Federal armory at Harpers Ferry in 1859 and his subsequent execution. Less well known is his devotion to his family, and they to him. Two of Brown's sons were killed at Harpers Ferry, but the commitment of his wife and daughters often goes unacknowledged. This book reveals for the first time the depth of the Brown women's involvement in his cause and their crucial roles in preserving and transforming his legacy. Brown's second wife Mary Ann Day Brown and his daughters Ruth Bro ... More

Keywords: John Brown, abolitionism, Harpers Ferry, antislavery violence, abolitionists, American Civil War, racial equality, daughters

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451614
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451614.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz, author
Assistant Professor of History and Social Science Teaching Coordinator, Eastern Illinois University