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Patriotic Treason: John Brown and the Soul of America


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Evan Carton is Joan Negley Kelleher Centennial Professor in Rhetoric and Composition in the Department of English, College of Liberal Arts. E. Carton won the 2007 Grand Prize of the Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for this book.
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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.



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