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Nonfiction Book Group @ Central

Nonfiction Book Group @ Central

This month the Nonfiction Book Group will read and discuss Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid that Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz

In this book the author tells the tale of the daring insurrection that put America on the path to bloody war. Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true story of the men and women who launched a desperate strike at the slaveholding South. Now, this work portrays Brown's uprising revealing a country on the brink of explosive conflict. Brown, the descendant of New England Puritans, saw slavery as a sin against America's founding principles. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, and in 1859 he prepared for battle at a hideout in Maryland, joined by his teenage daughter, three of his sons, and a guerrilla band that included former slaves and a spy. On October 17, the raiders seized Harpers Ferry, stunning the nation and prompting a counterattack led by Robert E. Lee. After Brown's capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South, which considered Brown a terrorist. The raid also helped elect Abraham Lincoln, who later began to fulfill Brown's dream with the Emancipation Proclamation, a measure he called "a John Brown raid, on a gigantic scale." This book travels antebellum America to deliver both a historical drama and a telling portrait of a nation divided, a time that still resonates in ours.

Free and open to the public. Space is limited. Registration is required. To register click the button below or contact the library for assistance. Copies of the book will be available to pick up at the Circulation Desk of the Central Library.

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Date:
Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Time:
6:30pm - 7:30pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Contact:
Robin Nyzio; 401-943-9080 x3; rnyzio@cranstonlibrary.org
Location:
C-Lab
Branch:
Central Library
Audience:
  Adults  
Categories:
  Book & Movie Groups  

Register for this event using the form below. There are 12 seats available.