Midnight Rising : John Brown And The Raid That Sparked The Civil War

844 Words Nov 17th, 2014 4 Pages
In the book “Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War” written by Tony Horwitz who is one of New York Times bestsellers. Horwitz began his profession as a newspaper reporter and issued many stories that dealt with conflict and working circumstances in America for The Wall Street Journal. Yet, throughout the book the author writes about an abolitionist named John Brown who has greatly impacted the start of the Civil War through a diversity of raids. Horwitz’s thesis is that Brown had ignited the nation’s extensive rivalry specifically with the implausible attack on Harpers Ferry.
As of Brown being a significant historic figure in the book, Horwitz informs the readers that as a lifestyle he took his father’s trade of “leather tanning” (Horwitz, 2011, p. 12). Withal, his parents diffused him to be a part of Calvinism in the 1800. Brown became a “firm believer” in the “divine authenticity of the Bible” (Horwitz, 2011, p. 12). Yet, he had a “determination to help slaves” and believed his “mission would focus national attention on slavery” and to “undermine slavery” (Horwitz, 2011, p. 19, 31). His fortitude led to one of the most momentous battle which was the invasion on Harpers Ferry that took place in the year of 1859. Brown’s objective was to “free the slaves – not to make war on the people” (Horwitz, 2011, p. 141). Withal, there were only about “fifty male slaves were available” to be “free and arm” and he would not let any “citizens interfere”…

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