By W. E. B. Du Bois, John David Smith
First released in 1909, W.E.B. Du Bois's biography of abolitionist John Brown is a literary and old vintage. With a unprecedented mixture of scholarship and fervour, Du Bois defends Brown opposed to all detractors who observed him as a enthusiast, fiend, or traitor. Brown emerges as a wealthy character, totally comprehensible as an strange chief with a deeply spiritual outlook and a devotion to the reason for freedom for the slave.
This new version is enriched with an advent by way of John David Smith and with helping records in relation to Du Bois's correspondence along with his writer.
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