A Volcano Beneath the Snow: John Brown's War Against Slavery

By MARRIN, Albert

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ISBN
9780307981523 9780307981530 9780385753401
Publisher
Knopf.


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on March 1, 2014  |  Grades 5 and Up

Gr 7 Up—Marrin offers a multisided look at the events and controversy surrounding John Brown's role in the banishment of slavery and his ongoing inspiration for current events. Chapters present the history of the "peculiar institution" (slavery) both here and abroad, details of Brown's life and family, his relationship with the abolitionists, his radicalization leading to the killings at Pottawatomie, Kansas, and, eventually, the uprising at Harper's Ferry and his trial and hanging. Brown's motivations, his religious fervor, charisma, an...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on April 1, 2014

According to the prologue, John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry helped "set the stage for the Civil War." His violent actions raise an issue that still resonates today: to what extremes may a person go to change an unjust law? The book begins with a chapter on Brown's life, then takes a broader look at the history of slavery. The man himself gets lost in the (somewhat unwieldy) secti...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2014

According to Marrin, John Brown's raid at Harpers Ferry helped "set the stage for the Civil War." The book begins with a chapter ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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