H.W. Brands

Virtual Author Series

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Video premiere: October 15, 7:00 p.m. on Facebook.com/hectv
H.W. Brands, "The Zealot and the Emancipator: John Brown, Abraham Lincoln, and the Struggle for American Freedom"
In conversation with historian Talmage Boston
Master storyteller H. W. Brands narrates the epic struggle over slavery as embodied by John Brown and Abraham Lincoln—two men moved to radically different acts to confront our nation’s gravest sin. John Brown was a deeply religious man who heard the God of the Old Testament telling him to destroy slavery by any means. When Congress opened Kansas territory to slavery in 1854, Brown raised a band of followers to wage war. Brown’s violence pointed ambitious Illinois lawyer Abraham Lincoln toward a different solution to slavery: politics. Lincoln spoke cautiously and dreamed big, yet his caution could not protect him from the vortex of violence Brown had set in motion. The time for moderation had passed, and Lincoln’s fervent belief that democracy could resolve its moral crises peacefully faced its ultimate test.

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