John Brown: Cost of Freedom
by: Louis A DeCaro Jr.
Louis A. DeCaro Jr. has written a concise, substantial, and eloquent study of the most controversial and misunderstood man in the
history of the United States. Using in-depth research, DeCaro challenges almost every hackneyed assumption about Brown thriving in academia today, from the claim that he was a seriously flawed businessman in the 1830s and 1840s, to the notion that he failed to win the support of enslaved people in Virginia in 1859.
Meticulously researched and beautifully written, John Brown--The Cost of Freedom chronicles the evolution of the most radical anti-slavery figure in America's history from "compassionate conservative" to radical freedom fighter. DeCaro has not only prepared a thoroughly researched study that will be ideal for history enthusiasts as well as scholars, but has provided twenty of Brown's letters, some published for the first time, making this book ideal for classroom use as well. A valuable and readable study.