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Terrible Swift Sword: The Legacy of John Brownby Russo, Peggy A., editor and Finkelman, Paul, editor
Publisher: Ohio University Press
Retail Price: $24.94
Issue: Spring 2006
With piercing eyes and a shock of dark hair, John Brown looked the role of an unstable outcast throughout much of his life. His bold and often bloody attempts to strike a blow at the heart of slavery did little to soften his image. In reality, Brown cared for little else but the abolition of slavery, so much so that he was executed after a failed attempt to rouse a slave uprising at Harpers Ferry, Virginia in October 1859. Terrible Swift Sword examines Brown's motives, religiosity, and psychology in an effort to determine both the character and legacy of this controversial figure.