You might be forgiven for thinking that a e-book approximately a firebrand who pushes a centrist flesh presser to take a more just function on race became written about cutting-edge events. However, The Zealot and the Emancipator by way of H.W. Brands examines the relationship between men who in no way met however performed pivotal roles in 19th-century American history: John Brown (the zealot) and Abraham Lincoln (the emancipator).
Pulitzer Prize finalist Brands is a grasp storyteller whose preceding books have covered subjects as various as Andrew Jackson, the Gilded Age and post-World War II America. In The Zealot and the Emancipator, Brands makes use of his lucid writing to discover the rich ironies that surrounded Lincoln and Brown. Brown, a lifelong abolitionist who hated slavery more than he loved his life, raided the federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia, in an ill-fated try and spark a rebellion amongst enslaved people. Lincoln, a careful attorney who loved the Union extra than he hated slavery, ignited a civil battle two years after Brown became hanged for treason.
Brown, who had little time for politics or politicians, gave the new antislavery Republican celebration the electricity it needed to defeat the proslavery Democratic party inside the 1860 election. Lincoln, who might have fortuitously given up on the idea of abolition if it would have stored the Union, have become the Great Emancipator and the main proponent of the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. In the finest irony of all, the very thing that Lincoln feared might break the country—the popularity that slavery turned into on the crux of the battle and have to be abolished—absolutely gave the North the impetus it had to defeat the Confederacy and reestablish the Union.
Brands uses original sources and narrative flair to light up how Brown’s fierce ethical clarity finally forced Lincoln to confront the sins of slavery. The result is an informative, absorbing and heartbreaking American story, the reverberations of which are nevertheless felt today.